Tuesday 24 October 2017, 9-11am, House of Commons, Committee Rm 15

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.

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. 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.

Chair: 

  • Matthew Pennycook MP, Parliamentary Chair of PRASEG

Speakers:

  • Tony Glover, Director of Policy and Gas, ENA
  • Chris Clarke, Director of Asset Management, Wales and West Utilities
  • Maxine Frerk, Grid Edge Policy
  • Nigel Turvey, Network Strategy and Innovation Manager, Western Power
  • Robert Sansom, Member of the Energy Policy Panel

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