Dr Jessica Britton, an interdisciplinary social scientist from the University of Exeter joins us to deliver an online seminar.
Decarbonising heat in cities – the potential and challenges of heat networks
Meeting the UK’s 2050 net zero emissions target will only be possible with complete decarbonisation of the building stock. But progress has been slow and buildings are now the second largest source of emissions in the UK. Heat networks are likely to be an important route to decarbonising heat, particularly in urban areas, and there is now significant policy support for new networks.
This presentation will explore the potential and challenges of heat networks in the UK. Jessica will argue for a strengthened local planning role in heat decarbonisation and explore the alignments and conflicts between heat decarbonisation and wider political decentralisation trends.
Jessica's profile is available here to find out more about her work around energy policy and energy system change.