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Pathways for Local Heat Delivery policy commission – Birmingham Energy Institute – 06/07/22


6 July 2022


13:00 – 14:30




Birmingham Energy Institute (University of Birmingham)

The Event

An opportunity to discuss the University of Birmingham’s new report on decarbonising heat at a local level. About this event Soaring gas prices have brought the topic of heating to the forefront of the media and public mind this year. Decarbonising heat remains the greatest energy challenge as the UK attempts to reach net-zero by 2050. Heat decarbonisation is also the key to achieving many of the government’s biggest obstacles: energy security; air quality; health; jobs and skills; fuel poverty and Levelling Up. However, unlike electricity decarbonisation, it is a programme that needs to be delivered at a local rather than national level which requires consumers to change the way they heat their homes quite dramatically and think about heat as a commodity. The University of Birmingham has long been advocating for the necessary interventions to slash the UK’s heat emissions. Their latest report explores how local interventions in areas such as the West Midlands Region can be utilised to make bespoke, place-based policies that will drive consumer engagement and make the most of the UK’s existing expertise in many of the areas which play a role in this, the most challenging part of our decarbonisation. During the event they will explore the findings of the report and discuss how we can join up industry, local authorities and citizens from the across the region to open avenues for the next steps. Join Leader of Solihull Council and Net Zero Champion of the Greater Birmingham and Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership (GBSLEP) board, Councillor Ian Courts and Director of the Birmingham Energy Institute, Professor Martin Freer to discuss the findings and recommendations of this new Policy Commission report alongside the proposed action plan for local authorities and city councils in the West Midlands Region.


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