Heat, Part 2 - The Race to Replace Domestic Gas in a Climate Emergency

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The Heat is On Pt 2 revisits one of the most complex challenges the UK faces in its net-zero ambitions: the decarbonisation of domestic heat

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LSBU’s Climate Emergency Series reconvenes to take a second look at the decarbonisation of domestic heat.

The Heat is On - the race to replace gas in a Climate Emergency will see a panel of government, industry and academic leaders scrutinise the fiscal, technological and legacy issues that are shaping the UK’s urgent race to replace domestic gas to decarbonise the nation’s heat.

In our last Heat is On seminar in January 2021, our panel shared their insights from cutting edge research and scenario planning to examine the respective roles of gas, hydrogen and electricity in a zero-carbon future.

In our 2nd look at the decarbonisation of domestic heat, we will dig further into the challenges the UK faces as it scrambles to deploy new technologies in order to meet aspirational targets and political ambitions, - whilst lacking a cohesive, supporting fiscal and regulatory framework.

A huge amount hinges on what technology wins the race. If it is electrification - why the spark gap? Or is it a hybrid future, where the majority of homes convert to heat pumps, deploying expensive, hard to product hydrogen to ‘reach the parts the other technologies cannot reach’? Or do we believe the fossil fuel incumbents who assure us the future is bright, the future is green hydrogen – and don’t seem to be going anywhere fast?

Exactly what scenario should we be preparing for if we are serious about hitting the British commitment under the Paris climate accord?

Yet again, we have secured some of UK’s leading experts:

Jon Saltmarsh, Deputy Director, Engineering & Research, BEIS. Situated in the Science & Innovation for Climate & Energy Directorate with the UK Government Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS), Jon is responsible for engineering studies, technical analysis and research that the Department undertakes to provide robust technical evidence and advice to underpin BEIS’s policies on reducing energy demand and decarbonising energy supply. This work covers low carbon generation (e.g. wind, carbon capture, utilisation & storage, solar); energy efficiency (in buildings and industry); fuel switching (e.g. electrification, hydrogen); and integration of solutions (e.g. smart technologies).

Dr Jan Rosenow, Director of European Programmes, The Regulatory Assistance Project - As well as a prolific policy researcher and commentator on the transition to renewables, Jan's pitch to BEIS for an enquiry into the Decarbonisation of Heat in was one of only eleven of of over 200 submissions that ‘won’ - resulting in an enquiry in February 2021.

Richard Lowes, Exeter University - Richard was one of 4 academics who gave evidence at that Committee Enquiry, answering a plethora of questions about potential technologies, including retrofit and the challenges and price tags for heat decarbonisation.

Other speakers - tbc

Join us for an action-packed session which will include a lively panel discussion.

This event will take place on Zoom Webinar. Registered guests will receive the Zoom link one day ahead of the event.

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LSBU’s Climate Emergency Events are attracting growing audiences from across Government, local authorities, consultancies and practitioners across every segment of the Built Environment.

All our events encourage active participation. We always aim to hold an audience vote on a key topic, and give attendees a chance to pose a question to our panel of experts.

The Climate Emergency requires decisive, well informed collective action, so we also aim for every audience member to leave with new insights and the tools to turn theory into action in their working lives.

Event Curator: Pippa Palmer, LSBU School of Built Environment & Architecture. Please email with all panellist enquiries and comments.

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