Low carbon heat: Are heat networks the answer

Low carbon heat: Are heat networks the answer
Sponsored by The Scottish Government
Decarbonising heat – meaning reducing and eliminating the greenhouse gases emitted during its generation and use – is essential to tackling climate change. Our panel of experts will be looking at policy; low carbon heat in general and heat networks/district heating at home (UK-wide and Glasgow’s Queens Quay Project in particular) and abroad.
Topics that may come under the spotlight include:
● Low emission towns and cities: What’s needed to deliver cleaner air and economic growth?
● Stimulating a sustainable recovery post COVID-19 is great, but what’s needed now to make it happen?
Chair: Dr Keith MacLean OBE, Managing Director, Providence Policy
● Gareth Fenney, Head of Heat Strategy Unit, The Scottish Government
● Nick Gosling – Group Sales and Strategy Director, Vital Energi
● Dave Pearson, Director, Star Renewable Energy
● Morten Jordt Duedahl, Business Development Manager, Danish Board of District Heating (DBDH)
Panel Q&A.


Keith Maclean
Keith Maclean
Managing Director, Providence Policy

Keith has worked across the energy industry, including 20 years at energy utility SSE where he was Policy and Research Director, and as advisor to UK and Scottish Government. He is Chair of UKERC and UKRIs Scientific Advisory Committee and was appointed to the NI Public Inquiry Team investigating the controversial Renewable Heat Incentive.

Keith is founding director of Providence Policy providing independent energy advisory services and has published a number of papers on decarbonising the energy system with a particular focus on the challenges of the heat sector. He was awarded an OBE for services to energy in 2017.

Gareth Feeney
Gareth Feeney
Head of Heat Strategy, Scottish Government

Gareth Fenney is head of heat decarbonisation strategy & heat networks at the Scottish Government. Gareth was previously head of strategy for Energy Efficient Scotland.

Nick Gosling
Nick Gosling
Group Sales and Strategy Director, Vital Energi

Nick has 30 years’ experience in the energy generation and energy management industries and is a specialist in technical and commercial development of energy solutions and ESCo schemes. His role within Vital Energi spans corporate and project strategy and sales across the Group’s activities in design, modelling, engineering, service development, energy procurement, operations and maintenance. Nick has been involved on a number of major heat network projects including the developments on the former Battersea Power Station site, Royal Albert Dock, Barking Riverside and the Leeds PIPES project.

Dave Pearson
Dave Pearson
Director, Star Renewable Energy

Dave has been involved in renewable heat since 2008. Following over 30MW of industrial heatpump installations including the 14MW 90C system in Drammen in Norway, Dave was tasked with helping the UK’s largest refrigeration business form a new business unit to focus full time on renewable heat. Dave leads the unit and the opportunity of working in such an important segment at such an interesting time backed by the considerable technical and commercial resources of the main business made this an opportunity worth stepping into. Dave has an M.B.A. in Innovation and is a Board member of CeeD.

Morten Jordt Duedahl
Morten Jordt Duedahl
Business Development Manager at DBDH (Danish Board of District Heating)

Morten is the Business Development Manager at DBDH (Danish Board of District Heating) in charge of all activities in Western Europe. DBDHs mission is “Promoting District Energy for a Sustainable City Transformation”. In this capacity Morten works with governments, cities and other stakeholders to strengthen the development of district energy across Europe.

Morten’s job is to provide value and insights that can further develop both the understanding of what district heating is and the value it can bring to the European society, communities and end users.

Prior to DBDH, Morten was Head of Secretariat at District Energy Partnership (DEP)

All-Energy and Dcarbonise is the UK’s leading and only full supply chain renewables and low carbon energy event for the private and public sector energy end users, developers and investors.

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