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Electrifying Manchester: time for policy intervention in domestic heating provision?

There are many good reasons for policy intervention in domestic heating in Manchester; the potential for substantial improvements in health and wellbeing, emissions reduction and local employment among them.

Friday, 1 November 2013 3pm-4.30pm

Room C24, Sackville Street Building, Sackville Street

Charlie Baker , Sarah Davies , Dr Pierluigi Mancarella , Dr Jenni Viitanen , Prof Stefan Bouzarovski (chair)

Chris Jones c.w.jones@manchester.ac.uk

Description

There are many good reasons for policy intervention in domestic heating in Manchester; the potential for substantial improvements in health and wellbeing, emissions reduction and local employment among them.

The Committee on Climate Change has recommended that electrification, through heat pumps, be a key intervention to increase energy efficiency and reduce GHG emissions in urban areas. But putting heat demand onto the grid brings problems as well as benefits, so smart grid technologies are seen as key enablers.

Manchester is at the forefront of early work in the UK with its international collaboration with Nedo on the Smart Community Project (see http://www.nedo.go.jp/english/whatsnew_20121205.html | http://www.hitachi.com/New/cnews/130523a.html) which will include the combination of heat pump systems with load balancing technology and new business models.

However, would emphasis on high performance insulation in combination with (shale?) gas fuelled boilers or biomass heating provide a more appropriate solution more easily implemented and with greater impact on local supply chains?

This roundtable will discuss the key issues within our local context.

Speakers

  •     Charlie Baker – URBED, Urban design and sustainability
  •     Sarah Davies - Head of Strategy and Programmes, Greater Manchester Environment Team
  •     Dr Pierluigi Mancarella – Lecturer in Future Energy Systems at University of Manchester
  •     Dr Jenni Viitanen – Research Associate University of Manchester


Chair

  •     Prof Stefan Bouzarovski - Director of the Centre for Urban Resilience and Energy

 

Organisers:

Tyndall Centre Manchester and Manchester Energy