Water & Wastewater Treatment

UWLive 2016

Water & Wastewater Treatment Magazine

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28 | Book your free ckets today www.u lityweeklive.co.uk A er years of poli cal wrangling and the laying of landmark legisla on, the UK should by now be hi ng its stride on plans to decarbonise the energy sector. However, in reality only half the problem has been tackled so far. The UK has a low-carbon plan to keep the lights on, but how does it plan to cut carbon while keeping radiators warm? The Department of Energy and Climate Change (Decc) has taken tenta ve fi rst steps towards tapping the poten al of district hea ng as well as the wide-scale roll out of water source heat pumps. But without a clear overarching policy on decarbonising the heat sector, the future is unclear. It is a problem that has so far has been largely overlooked. Although heat accounts for almost half of the UK's total energy demand, to date the main thrust of government policy has focused on securing electricity genera on capacity. The need to meet this challenge head on is becoming increasingly apparent. The central concerns in the hea ng sector play straight to the heart of the energy trilemma, encompassing carbon intensity, supply and cost. Hea ng is carbon-intensive, with more than 80 per cent of residen al users relying on gas hea ng for warmth. And as the UK's gas resources dwindle, imports have swelled to around 50 per cent, leaving the country increasingly exposed to vola lity. These challenges, and the solu ons that are emerging, will be explored in a dedicated keynote conference at U lity Week Live. Heat: Reaching for a Low-Carbon Future "There is no one solu on or infrastructure for our future. We need a diverse hea ng mix." Tim Rotheray, Associa on for Decentralised Energy 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm Understanding the implica ons and poten al for decarbonising heat 2:45 pm - 3:45 pm Crea ng Opportuni es to Collaborate with Innova ve SMEs For full lis ngs see u lityweeklive.co.uk/heat Day2 Seminar List

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