Last year’s conference came between the publication of the Government’s initial heat strategy – in effect the Green Paper – and the final heat strategy published in March 2013. It served the purpose of crystallising the principal elements of the strategy that subsequently emerged.
This year’s conference faces the challenge of moving the debate on. Having established the direction of travel, we now face fresh challenges, in part shaped by the persistent economic conditions:
- How do we put consumers at the centre of the low carbon heat transformation?
- How can we ensure affordable heat for industry, businesses and householders?
- How can we achieve vital heat infrastructure investment? What do investors need?
- What benefits are available by bringing local and central government, industry and householders together in partnerships?