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Energy Policy Debate: UK pathways to decarbonising heat

  • London and Home Counties
  • <p>CMS Cameron McKenna, 78 Cannon Street, London, EC4N 6HL</p>
  • 10-12-2019
  • 10:00 - 12:30
  • Non-Member - 95.00
    Company member - 55.00
    Member - 35.00
    + VAT
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In order to meet the UK’s net zero emissions target by 2050, every sector of the economy must be decarbonised.

We have made strong progress in decarbonising power generation, thanks to improvements in efficiency, switching from coal to natural gas, and an increase in the share of renewable electricity sources. In 2018, the proportion of low-carbon electricity generated (includes nuclear power) reached a record 53% according to BEIS. In contrast, the UK has really struggled to decarbonise heat – just 4.5% of total UK buildings heat demand came from low-carbon sources in 2017. According to the Energy Technologies Institute, in 2015 domestic space and water heating accounted for 23% of UK energy demand and 20% of UK carbon emissions.

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Possible pathways for decarbonising heat in the UK include:

  1. Greening of gas supply by altering the gas grid to run on low-carbon ‘green’ hydrogen
  2. Electrification of heat – using heat pumps, supported by low-carbon power generation
  3. A hybrid solution, using some sort of green gas to meet demand at peak times

Other technologies that could help in the decarbonisation process include combined heat and power (CHP), district heating/heat networks and solar thermal. It is also essential to become more energy efficient, minimising the need heating and cooling. New homes must be built to good standards, and existing buildings should be retrofitted with insulation. Installing low-carbon heating/retrofitting 26 million homes will be a huge endeavour that will likely be costly and disruptive. We need to explore the best routes to make this happen, which will require support from government incentives and third party investment.

Speakers include:

  • Guy Newey, Strategy and Performance Director, Energy Systems Catapult
  • Keith Owen, Head of Systems Development and Energy strategy, Asset Risk Management, Northern Gas Networks
  • Mark James, Managing Director, Berkeley Research Group, LLC


  • 10:00 - Registration, tea and coffee
  • 10:30 - Debate commences, followed by approximately 30 minutes of Q&A
  • 12:30 - Event concludes with lunch

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