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We would like to invite you to our Final Stakeholder Engagement Workshop.

The event will be a blend of keynotes and panel discussions on:

  1. What are the strategic visions for heat decarbonisation from key stakeholders in NI heat sector?
  2. What are the current barriers and opportunities for heat decarbonisation?
  3. How can the low carbon heat technologies work together with new low carbon agenda?
  4. What are the missing pieces of the puzzle – in technology, finance, regulations, behavioural change, and business models?

We will present our findings from the project, which has involved a wide range of stakeholders in the series of workshops discussing opportunities and barriers towards low carbon heating systems in Northern Ireland.

We would like to hear your ideas on future prospects of heat decarbonisation in Northern Ireland.

The indicative Agenda is:

9am to 9.20am Registration and Coffee
9.20am to 9.30am Opening remarks
9.30am to 9.50am Richard Rodgers, Head of Energy, Department for the Economy
9.50am to 10.10am Jenny Pyper, Chief Executive of Utility Regulators, UREGNI
10.10am to 10.30am Panel Grainia Long, Belfast City Council; Ciaran McGrath Derry and Strabane City Council
10.30am to 10.50am Prof Neil Hewitt, Head of Belfast School of Architecture & the Built Environment, Ulster University
10.50am to 11.10am Coffee break
11.10am to 11.25am Roger Henderson, Network Assets Director, NI Electricity Networks
11.25am to 11.40am Prof Stuart Hawksworth, Head of the Centre for Energy and Major Hazards, “Role and Safety of Hydrogen as     an Option to Decarbonise Heat”.
11.40am to 12pm Dr Inna Vorushylo, Experts’ and consumers’ visions for heat decarbonization in NI. Major findings from “Zero-   in on NI heat” project.
12pm to 12.15pm Prof Phillip Griffiths, Professor of Building Physics, Belfast School of Architecture & the Built Environment, Ulster University, “Barriers to Decarbonisation: Reducing heat demand”.
12.15pm to 12.30pm Dr Niall Kerr, Research Fellow - Energy Policy Effectiveness, University of Edinburg, “Low carbon heat policy in Scotland (and beyond): targeting energy efficiency and homes off the gas grid”.
12.30pm to 12.45pm Dr Richard Lowes, University of Exeter, “The GB’s vision for decarbonised heat and it’s lack of progress”
12.45pm to 1.15pm Panel discussion
1.15pm to 2pm Lunch and Networking
2pm to 2.20pm Pat Austin, Director, NEA Northern Ireland
2.20pm to 2.40pm Dr Caterina Brandoni, Ulster University, “Gender, ageing and latency in the transition to a low-carbon system”
2.40pm to 3pm Brian Hood, BSH, “Large commercial and district heating scale heat pump systems”
3pm to 3.20pm Do we support heat decarbonisation in our homes? Experts as house owners. Panel from the project’s steering committee.
3.20pm to 3.40pm Interactive questionnaire and concluding remarks
3.40pm to 4pm Coffee break/Networking

Event info

This event has ended

Thursday 24 October

9am to 4pm

Europa Hotel, Great Victoria Street, Belfast

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