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Conference Programme

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Registration, Networking & Exhibition


Plenary 1

Inclusive growth and low-carbon heat
A compelling case for the social, environmental and industrial benefits of low-carbon heat will be key to securing the public and political buy-in that we need.

With the rapid decarbonisation of the electricity grid and the falling costs of renewables bolstering the case for electric heat, are we in a stronger place to make that case?

What are the industrial opportunities for Scotland and the UK from the heat transition, and can the promise of cheaper, smarter heating be realised?

Claire Mack, Chief Executive, Scottish Renewables

10:30 Networking, Exhibition & Refreshments

Plenary 2

Planning a clean future for heat
Any plan to decarbonise heat will need plenty of input from those familiar with Scotland’s diverse urban, rural and social geography.

The Scottish Government is helping local authorities pilot an ambitious approach to local heat planning which, if done right, could provide the blueprint for low-carbon heat industries to flourish.

So how are these plans shaping up, what benefits might they provide and will they really work for the industry?

Fabrice Leveque, Senior Policy Manager, Scottish Renewables

Janice Pauwels, Sustainable Development Manager, The City of Edinburgh Council

David Linsley-Hood, Consultancy Director, Locogen 

Q & A

12:30 Networking Lunch & Exhibition 

Plenary 3

Hydrogen: the future’s hybrid?
In recent years hydrogen has loomed large in the heat debate. 2018 saw the publication of both a highly anticipated review of the fuel's potential by the Committee on Climate Change and a UK Government review of the available evidence.

With the CCC suggesting electric and hydrogen heat could be complementary, could both live side by side in the future? Could, and should, hydrogen save the gas grid?

Find out if the answers to heat policy’s most puzzling questions are any closer.

Sarah-Jane McArthur, Partner, Brodies LLP

Dave Pearson, Director, Star Renewable Energy

Q & A

14:30 Networking, Exhibition & Refreshments

Plenary 4

Sticks, carrots and chasing clean growth
Government policy has played a pivotal role in building up our low-carbon heat industries.

Both the UK and Scottish Governments have been busy looking at what levers they’ll need to pull over the next decade to draw low-carbon heat out of the slow lane.

Regulation looks likely to play a more prominent role, but  is it possible to transition from subsidy across our different sectors? And how can we make sure that the new business models, enabled by our ever smarter energy system, thrive in the new environment?

16:30 Event Close

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