Heat 2016: from global agreement to local action
We are planning this year’s Heat Conference at a time of great upheaval in the European political landscape. In the uncertainty, the energy and climate change debate clearly remains key. The Paris Agreement, forged last December and newly ratified by the USA and China, set a global ambition for controlling climate change, while the UK Government has reinforced its own ambitions by committing to a 57% reduction in carbon emissions by 2032 in its 5th Carbon Budget.
This year’s conference, Heat: from global agreement to local action, examines what a local, devolved future means for the heat sector.
Four years after this conference began, transforming how Britain heats its homes, offices and industry remains one of the most challenging areas of the energy debate. At the centre of this challenge is the engagement of the millions of energy users whose decisions about how and when they use energy will determine the level of success we can deliver. This year’s conference explores how the ambition for global change is transformed into local action by looking at real life examples of user led change and examining the policymaking process and whether it is fit for purpose for heat. We will also examine how the need for change can balance with increasingly complex lives and look at what technological and data use innovation can do to enable the heat transition.
The move to a transformed energy system is inevitable as technology drives change. Some of the strongest progress we have seen is at a local, devolved level. Communities and localities are building new heat infrastructure while businesses and industry are becoming more efficient through local heat and power generation and active energy management. We now need to ask: how can the national and international policy landscape support and facilitate these developments, and accelerate the transformation of heat?