The Heat Network, led by charity 10:10 Climate Action working in collaboration with UKERC researchers, looks to support the UK’s heat decarbonisation efforts through the development of a successful, inclusive and enduring network of people and organisations helping to decarbonise heat.

Decarbonising heat is seen as one of the UK’s most difficult energy challenges, with heat making up around 50% of the UK’s energy consumption and around a third of greenhouse gas emissions. With a focus on electricity decarbonisation and more recently transport, heat remains the ‘Cinderella’ of UK energy policy and in fact emissions from heating have increased for the past two years. This networking project aims to get Cinderalla to the ball.

10:10 Climate Action is a charity with deep experience of engaging people with climate issues and they will be leveraging their expertise to up the engagement around heat. The project will use a combination of survey work, workshops and publications to for the first time pull together those researching and innovating around sustainable heating. In order to attempt to address energy industry diversity issues, 10:10 will be offering bursaries to cover travel and child care for events in order to encourage niche players, small businesses and diverse interests to attend the events (who may otherwise struggle).

Our key goal is to get people talking and develop an enduring network of companies and individuals and we expect the events to go some way to achieving this. We will also be summarising and communicating details of the workshops through a variety of innovative means. This may include videos, comics, theatre, games or more traditional policy briefings. We have also specifically been asked to ensure that our outputs have value to the UK research councils in order to inform their research strategy around heat which is currently quite piece meal. One output from the project will therefore be a document targeted at the research councils advising them on the current status of UK heat R&D and where more research and innovation may be of most value.

Contacts

Alice Bell alice.bell@1010uk.org, Richard Lowes R.J.Lowes@exeter.ac.uk. Neil Jones, project manager neil.jones@1010uk.org