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Coming into focus? Growing low-carbon heat into the next decade


The reality for low-carbon heat continues to be slow but steady growth. But there are many reasons to be optimistic about the sector’s future.

Our rapidly-decarbonising electricity grid and the falling cost of renewables is making the promise of clean, electric heat a reality. Meanwhile, major new projects like Dundee’s new V&A Museum and new developments at Queens Quay in Clydebank and Glenrothes are proving the concept of low-carbon district energy.

Perhaps most significantly, a raft of new policy initiatives enacted in the Scottish Government’s Energy Strategy and the UK Government’s Clean Growth Strategy are beginning to bear fruit.

New approaches to energy efficiency, district heating, off-gas buildings and new builds are emerging. However, significant challenges remain:

  • How can each plan best be tailored to suit its local area?
  • What is the best approach for a likely transition from subsidy to regulation?
  • What steps can we take to enable and adapt to the new business models facilitated by an increasingly smart energy system?

Looking further ahead, answers to some of the most contentious questions in the heat debate have begun to appear, starting with new advice from the Committee on Climate Change on the future role of hydrogen.

Public and political backing will be essential if we’re to turn these policy initiatives into tangible support. With a renewed focus on industrial strategy made all the more urgent by Brexit, what positive stories can Scotland’s industry tell and how can we make a compelling case?

Our 2019 Low-Carbon Heat Conference will survey opportunities from these emerging policies and look to provide constructive advice on the economic future of the low-carbon heat sector.

This is your chance to hear from senior figures in government, industry and academia and to set out your views as we seek to shape and accelerate the future of low-carbon heat in Scotland.

Key issues covered:

  • What is likely to replace the RHI in 2021?
  • How will the Energy Efficient Scotland programme accelerate the roll-out of low-carbon heat?
  • What will hydrogen’s role be?
  • What are the UK and Scottish Government’s regulatory plans for district heat?
  • How do we make the business and social case for low-carbon heat?


​​Who should attend?

Industry and supply chain, local and national government, academia, public bodies, finance, advisory, legal, consultancy – anyone with an interest in the development of the low-carbon heat sector (biomass, electric heat, district heat, solar thermal) in Scotland.

 

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