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Decarbonising the UK’s gas network and heat sector is one of the most significant political and economic challenges facing the UK. Natural gas delivered by the network has been a mainstay of our energy system for more than 50 years. However, the continued use of unabated natural gas is inconsistent with meeting the UK’s legally binding greenhouse gas emissions target.

Bright Blue recently published Pressure in the pipeline: Decarbonising the UK’s gas. Happily, in the Spring Statement, the Chancellor adopted one of our ideas from this report of introducing an obligation to increase the supply of low-carbon gas in the network, alongside measures to reduce emissions from heating new homes.

Key questions:

  • Why and how should the supply of UK gas be decarbonised?
  • How can we reduce demand for UK gas in domestic heating?
  • Which technologies are supporting and will support deeper decarbonisation of UK gas and heating?
  • What policies should be introduced to improve energy efficiency in the heating sector?
  • What are the implications of deeper decarbonisation of UK gas on consumer gas prices?
  • Are there new policies that can support the decarbonisation of the UK’s gas network and heat sector while minimising costs to gas consumers?

Key speakers:

  • Dr Alan Whitehead MP, Shadow Minister for Energy and Climate Change
  • Dr David Joffe, Team Leader, Committee on Climate Change
  • Nathalie Thomas, Energy Correspondent, The Financial Times
  • Vedantha Kumar, Stakeholder Engagement Lead, Clean Heat Directorate, BEIS
  • Wilf Lytton, Senior Researcher, Bright Blue
  • David Smith, Chief Executive, Energy Networks Association
  • Ryan Shorthouse, Director, Bright Blue (Chair)

Date: Thursday 23rd May, 2019, 9:00am – 10.30am

Venue: Grimond Room, Portcullis House, London, SW1A 2JR

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