The first speakers have been announced for the UK’s Heat 2016 conference, sponsored by the Association for Decentralised Energy (ADE) and the Energy Institute (EI).
Confirmed speakers will include Laura Sandys, founder of industry advocacy group POWERful Women; Wilfred Petrie, CEO of Engie UK and Ireland; and Dan Osgood, director for heat and business energy at the newly-formed Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS).
Also invited are Greg Clark MP, Secretary of State for BEIS; Joanne Wade, director of the Association for the Conservation of Energy; Simon Roberts, chief executive of the Centre for Sustainable Energy and Martin Crouch, a senior partner at energy regulator Ofgem.
The ADE and EI said the speakers will debate on transforming the UK’s heat sector through local action and user-led change, examine the policymaking process, and discover how technology and data innovations can help to enable the heat transition.
Heat accounts for almost one half of energy costs in the UK, and the ADE and EI said ‘transforming how Britain heats its homes, offices and industry remains one of the most challenging areas of the energy debate’.
In a report released last week, thinktank Policy Exchange said the nation’s current strategy to transform its heat supply ‘looks extremely expensive and difficult to achieve in practice’.
Heat 2016 will be held in London on 23 November.