Please note this event has been postponed due to the announcement of the General Election. A new date will be confirmed in the coming weeks.

In partnership with the Energy Networks Association

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Decarbonising heat is one of the biggest challenges facing future UK energy policy. The Committee on Climate Change has demonstrated that finding a credible pathway to near- zero carbon heat by 2050 is crucial if we are to meet our emissions reduction targets under the Paris agreement. While greenhouse gas emissions have halved in the power sector since 1990, there has been little progress to date in cutting the 20% of UK emissions that come from the supply of heat.

Addressing decarbonisation in power, heat and transport separately fails to take into account the growing interconnectivity between these areas. Current Government policy relies heavily on the electrification of home heating which has significant cost implications for the power sector, in terms of the need for new clean generating capacity and network reinforcements. Similar challenges lie ahead in the transport sector, with the Energy and Climate Change Committee concluding last year that “transport and heat electrification are competing for the same, limited, electricity generation and network capacity” and that more should be done to encourage whole- systems thinking.

Increasingly energy networks are taking a whole systems approach to innovation in heating, recognising the opportunities presented by more closely linking power and heating, and the co- benefits of developing other fuel sources, such as hydrogen, for application across heat, power and transport.

This session will look at how we can move towards addressing decarbonisation of heat as part of a whole system approach to a low carbon energy future.

 

 

 

 

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