Heat and Decentralised Energy 2020
Wednesday 23rd - Thursday 24th September
Levelling Up with Local Energy
The free-to-attend conference aims to bring together ideas and insights about the transformation of our energy systems with a global audience. Once registered, you will have the chance to create your own programme for the event, enjoy additional content and network with other event participants.
This year’s conference focuses on levelling up with local energy.
Decentralised energy is local energy. It is demand side response operating on air conditioners in the high street supermarket, the stack rising from the energy centre down the road powering your district heat network, the smart meter you log into on your phone on the commute home and the apprenticeships on offer at the regional manufacturing site running CHP to reduce electricity consumption. The UK Government has announced that the ‘levelling up’ of our cities and regions is their top economic priority. It is to decentralised energy that our policymakers must look for local jobs, local skills and local industrial strategy.
At the same time, we are living in a global climate emergency. Inspired by activists such as Greta Thunberg, people have taken to the streets in their millions across the globe. Green recovery has become an important theme for nations and communities as we look to the future; there is an increasing citizen-led demand for change.
The challenge we face is therefore one of leadership. How does the decentralised energy industry continue to innovate to respond to market demand for decarbonisation? How do we ensure that people, communities and organisations benefit fairly? And, as the energy system becomes more decentralised, how are we making energy technologies work locally, transforming the UK’s regions as well as its cities?