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UKTI DECC Heat Networks Investment event


Friday, 25 September 2015 from 09:00 to 14:00 (BST)

UKTI DECC Heat Networks Investment event

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We have pleasure in inviting you to the UK Trade and Investment and the Department of Energy and Climate Change Heat Networks Investment event on Friday 25th September 2015, from 09:00 to 14.00 at BIS Conference Centre 1 Victoria Street London SW1H 0ET.


Heat networks in the UK represent a significant investment opportunity with only 2% of heat supplied by networks currently but cost effective carbon abatement modelling indicating heat networks could supply as much as 43% of building heat demand by 2050. To realise the contribution heat networks can make to the UK's carbon targets the compound annual growth rate would need to accelerate from 2% pa currently to 8%. This event will bring together current and potential investors and supply chain companies from the UK and beyond to discuss how this step change in deployment might be achieved.


A pipeline of projects is already developing with the UK Government's Heat Networks Delivery Unit currently supporting 180 feasibility studies representing a capex investment of c.£800 million. And this is only part of the picture, with additional opportunities in Scotland, London and in the private sector. These projects will move into commercialisation and construction in the next 5 years and supply chain and investors will need to rise to the challenge to ensure these networks become a reality and deliver local benefits and national carbon abatement. Delegates will leave the event with an understanding of the current UK market, the UK's project pipeline, support available for investing in the UK and with a network of contacts that might lead to future business ventures.


We very much hope that you will be able to join us but places at this event are limited and it is likely that we will only be able to accommodate one representative per organisation. Please register your interest on Eventbrite by 24 August and you will receive confirmation of a place by 28 August, however please do get in touch if this would present an issue booking travel.


Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact:


Nicky Butterworth DECC +44 (0)300 068 8125
Keith Grant UKTI +44 (0)20 7215 2982
Adrian Orchard UKTI +44 (0)1483 243606







08:30 - 09:00 Coffee

09:00 - 09:10 Welcome and house keeping

09:10 - 09:30 Policy Framework

  • 09:10 - 09:25 Dan Osgood Director of Heat DECC - Vision for heat and role of heat networks in decarbonisation


09:25 - 10:15 The Market Opportunity

  • 09:25 - 09:45 John Saunders Investment Director Heat Networks Delivery Unit DECC – state of the market, project pipeline, commercial structures and investment opportunities
  • 09:45 - 09:55 Rebecca Carr Senior Heat Policy Advisor Scottish Government – Scottish pipeline and support
  • 09:55 - 10:15 Tim Rotheray, Director, The Association for Decentralised Energy – market structure, technical standards and customer protection


10:15 - 10:45 Market Entry Facilitators

  • 10:15 - 10:30 Piers Thompson Institutional Investor Relations UKTI - Supporting foreign investment
  • 10:30 - 10:45 Michael King Coordinator District Energy Procurement Agency – supporting procurement


10:45 - 10:55 Questions

10:55 - 11:15 Coffee and networking


11:15 - 12:00 Increasing deployment of heat networks - round table discussions

  1. What is the role of planning in developing infrastructure for the future? - speaker Victoria Hills, Director Old Oak and Park Royal Development Corporation
  2. How do heat network sponsors identify optimal procurement strategies? - speaker Michael King District Energy Procurement Agency
  3. What are the impacts on investment of improving technical standards and contracts? - speaker Tim Rotheray Director The Association for Decentralised Energy
  4. Where can innovation bring down costs? - speaker Casey Cole Managing Director Guru Systems
  5. How will commercial models and sources of finance change with increased deployment rates? - speaker John Saunders Investment Director Heat Networks Delivery Unit DECC
  6. How should Government support investors and the supply chain? - speaker Guy Boulby Head of Heat Networks Policy DECC and Rebecca Carr Senior Heat Policy Advisor Scottish Government


12:00 - 12:15 Feedback from sessions and closing remarks


12:15 - 14:00 Lunch and networking

13:00 Transport to GLA event at St Pancras (for those attending both)



Do you have questions about UKTI DECC Heat Networks Investment event? Contact DECC and UKTI

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