In partnership with Switch2

The way buildings are heated has to change to meet the net zero target.
The focus needs to be on smart local energy systems, rather than standardised gas individual solutions.
To grow at the required rate and deliver the carbon savings needed, heat networks need to develop and take advantage of new and upcoming technologies.

The online event: ‘Heat networks: future technologies and meeting net zero – opportunities and challenges‘ took place on Wednesday 8 July 2020.

Improving energy performance is a key part of The Housing Forum’s call for Quality and Standards in housing, encouraging cross sector partnerships to achieve improved results

Expert panellists from across the heat network sector joined organisers to explore how the industry can best respond to the urgent heat decarbonisation challenge and the opportunities and challenges this presents. They discussed alternatives to natural gas, such as heat pumps, biogas and hydrogen.


Shelagh Grant, Chief Executive

The Housing Forum

Richard Slee, CEO


Ian Allan, Head of Market Strategy


Bob Heapy, Chief Executive

Town & Country Housing

David Stevenson, Strategic Housing Officer

Sheffield City Council

Simon Eddleston, Construction Director


Steve Skuse, Land & Partnerships Director

Catalyst Housing

Dr Terry Keech , Partner


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