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the CCC's recommendations in helping to drive forward decarbonisation. "One of the frustrating things in doing my job over the last couple of years is that the agenda has been totally dominated by Brexit. It's very difficult to get politicians to focus on other really critical issues. However, during the recent Brexit impasse, the extinction and rebellion protests quickly followed by the CCC work have really cut through the Brexit dim. It feels like a bit of momentum is building that we should now seek to grasp and build on. "The CBI stands firmly behind the CCC's advice and wants politicians to act swi-ly to enact the legislation to put the net zero target into practice in the UK and be the first country to do so. "We feel that the Committee on Climate Change report marks a moment in time for everyone to sit up and take notice of the low carbon agenda. There's real momentum behind it now and we need to capture that. In this area we need a clear plan that indus - try, consumers and government buys into. It isn't one of those things where we can continue to kick the can down the road. We need a commitment to find out what works by trialling more things. I'm convinced that many of the required solutions can be unlocked." During a session on lower carbon and clean gas alternatives Chris Barron, Cos- tain's consultant and hydrogen lead, spoke about solutions to supply hydrogen from a partially decarbonised gas network and how this could play a key role in transitioning the UK to a decarbonised energy future. He said: "We know that the technol - NETWORK / 29 / JUNE 2019 A panel of speakers taking questions at the event. The ENA's head of gas Matt Hindle gives his presentation. ogy exists, but what we need to do now is demonstrate that it can be adapted more technically and cost efficiently into the gas networks." Matt Hindle, head of gas at the En- ergy Networks Association (ENA), gave a presentation entitled 'Are alternative gases a viable solution for the heat consumers of the future?' The ENA recently launched a new pan- industry project designed to decarbonise Britain's gas grid. The Gas Decarbonisation Pathways Project will coordinate the ongoing efforts of Britain's gas grid operators to decarbonise the country's gas grids, whilst providing a blueprint for future plans, to help meet climate change targets. Touching upon this, Hindle said: "What we see is that rather than thinking about the ultimate vision that the industry has been quite good at talking about in the past, we can see a stepped approach that is taking us towards how we go about delivering it." During his summary, he remarked: "Within the ENA we think that decarbon - ised gases are a viable option for consum- ers. We think that what we're going to need is a mix of the various options. There's not going to be a single solution. As an industry we need to make sure that we're thinking about consumers and not just thinking about what's technically viable. We need to think about how we're going to deliver it in a way that makes sense for people using gas." Other key messages to come out of Future of Heat included the need to reduce demand for heat through energy efficiency, how the government needs to deliver a framework, and consumers need to be pro - tected no matter how they get their heat. Breakout sessions covered the subjects of heat networks and the increasing electrifica- tion of future heat. To download the speaker presentations from Future of Heat visit https://event.networks. online/heat/speaker-presentations/ Event partner Co-sponsors

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