Low-Carbon Heat Conference 2021 Programme


Registration and Networking


Heat in buildings – from strategy to reality

The Scottish Government published its draft Heat in Buildings Strategy earlier this year, vowing to “meet our climate change targets whilst maximising economic opportunities, ensuring a just transition and addressing fuel poverty”. This session will examine whether there is enough detail and available funding in the Strategy to achieve this goal.

In this session you will learn:

  • Whether the actions in the draft Heat in Buildings Strategy are ambitious enough to decarbonise heat in Scotland
  • How taking an area-based approach via Local Heat and Energy Efficiency Strategies will provide certainty
  • What is needed to move from strategy to reality – and where industry fits in

Helen Melone, Senior Policy Manager, Scottish Renewables

Ministerial Address
Richard Lochhead MSP, Minister for Just Transition, Employment and Fair Work 

Paul Steen, Regional Director for Scotland and North, Vattenfall
Professor Janette Webb, Co-Director UK Energy Research Centre, University of Edinburgh
John Barclay, Associate Director, ITPEnergised   
Eddie McAvinchey, Executive Director – Sustainable Investment, The Scottish National Investment Bank

Q & A 


Networking and Refreshments


Turn up the dial on heat regulations

Regulation is as important to the future of the businesses which will make low-carbon heat happen as the technologies we’re now so familiar with.

With the scene currently being set by The Scottish Government’s Heat in Buildings Strategy and New Build Heat Standard, and with the Heat Networks (Scotland) Act gaining Royal Assent in March, the future framework of what could be our biggest renewable challenge is taking shape.

This session will bring delegates up to speed with these complex and far-reaching regulations, explore recent interactions between government and industry, examine how industry can begin to work with the system which is being developed, and spot the very newest opportunities it presents.

In this session you will learn:

  • What you need to do before the Heat Networks (Scotland) Act becomes fully operational
  • What regulations are required to reach net-zero by 2045, and how industry can influence their development
  • The interaction between energy efficiency and low-carbon heat – and where the cost reduction efficiencies really lie

Ben Carter, Account Director, Vattenfall Heat UK

Graham Wallace, Senior Associate, Pinsent Masons LLP
Gillian Campbell, Communications and Public Affairs Lead, Existing Homes Alliance Scotland
Charlie Drysdale, Project Development Manager, SSE Energy Solutions
Lori McElroy, Professor of Architecture, University of Strathclyde

Q & A 


Networking Lunch


All you can heat – a look at potential low-carbon heat technologies and sources

Forests, parks, vacant land, rivers, lochs, seawater and abandoned mines all have one thing in common: they’re all potential sources of low-carbon heat.

It’s certain we’ll need every tool in the box to meet net-zero – so what are we missing? This session will explore the new (and not so new) heat sources on which policymakers are pinning their hopes as we seek to do the impossible and wean the world off gas.

In this session you will learn:

  • Which low-carbon heat technologies will get us to net-zero by 2045 – and where the real economic opportunities lie
  • About potential sources of low-carbon heat, from forests to fjords
  • How the public is responding to the low-carbon heat agenda

Andrew Lyle, Chief Executive Officer, Locogen

Dr Alison Monaghan, Principal Geologist, British Geological Survey
John Maslen, ParkPower Programme Manager, greenspace scotland
Grant Feasey, Senior Design Engineer, AES Solar
Teresa Bray, Chief Executive, Changeworks

Q & A


Site Visit, sponsored by Star Refrigeration

Delegates of the Low-Carbon Heat Conference 2021 are invited to join a unique site visit after the event closes, hosted by Star Refrigeration, to see first-hand the UK’s largest high temperature river source heat pump facility. Read more about the event and how to book your place.

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