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Funding Low Carbon Heating

  • Monday, 10 August, 2020 - 07:30 to Monday, 10 August, 2020 - 10:15
  • Online, More information sent 1 day in advance, Worldwide
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  • The Future Economy Network
  • businesses interested in funding for low carbon heating, air source heat pumps, ground source heat pumps, renewable heat incentives, green recovery plans, energy efficient buildings. SME's, start ups, larger corporations in need of funding.


We are keeping a close eye on all updates in relation to COVID-19. Government guidelines state business events can resume from October onwards. This event will continue in a virtual format.

With the non-domestic Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) coming to an end in spring 2021 and Covid recovery plans around green investment, The Future Economy Network invite businesses to learn more about the options around funding low carbon heating.

The Future Economy Network is excited to welcome Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, and Network members Kensa Contracting and Mitsubishi to speak at this event.

Even though this event has now gone virtual, please still pop into our open sustainable business hub in Bristol, Future Leap, where you can see low carbon heating in action!

Raja Hanna, Policy Lead for Clean Heat Grants, Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy
Raja will speak about the Clean Heat Grant, which is a grant scheme looking to incentivise uptake of heat pumps and some limited biomass, in domestic and small non-domestic properties. The scheme will go live in April 2022 and last for two years. He is going to be speaking about the scheme and its key objective, which is to build supply chains for the possibility of regulation later on in the 2020s.

Chris Whiteford, Residential Installer Sales Account Manager, Mitsubishi Electric
Chris will be speaking on the Non-Domestic Renewable Incentive specific to Air Source Heat Pumps. Renewables are key to the on-going crusade to reduce carbon and our reliance on fossil fuels as a nation.
Borne from the Kyoto Protocol that was established in 1997, Mitsubishi manufacture and sell products to help negate reliance on fossil fuels, reduce carbon, and in the residential arena take people out of fuel poverty.
There are currently tariffs around renewable technologies, which will be or have already started to be regressed, including the Non Domestic RHI. It’s important to understand whilst these tariffs have greatly assisted the early adoption of renewables, longer term building regulations will help continue the mandate to apply these technologies to ultimately help meet our carbon targets.

George Gillow, Busines Development Manager at Kensa Contracting, will be speaking on “Heat as a Service with Ground Source Heat Pumps”.
Challenge: Providing the comfort, control and convenience of peoples’ current heating and hot water system at a comparable cost is a major challenge to decarbonizing heat.
A Solution: One way of addressing this challenge is to provide heat or ‘comfort’ as a service. This would provide customers with the level of heating and cooling they require at a fixed cost, whilst maintaining the individual control and convenience the customer is used to. At the same time, the provider is able to buy wholesale energy at low cost low carbon prices, hence funding the delivery of the low carbon heat.
Kensa is an established company, perfectly placed to deliver this model. The Kensa Group is made up of three companies; Kensa Heat Pumps - manufacturers of Ground Source Heat Pumps (GSHPs), Kensa Contracting - designer and installer of large scale GSHP systems and Kensa Utilities who will deliver the ‘Heat as a service’ model.

07:30 - 07:45 - Online Registration
07:45 - 08:05 - Facilitated Networking
08:05 - 08:15 - Introduction from The Future Economy Network
08:15 - 08:30 – Raja Hannah, BEIS
08:30 - 08:40 - Questions for Raja
08:40 – 08:55 – Chris Whiteford, Mitsubishi
08:55 - 09:05 - Questions for Chris
09:05 - 09:20 - George Gillow, Kensa
09:20 - 09:30 - Questions for George
09:30 - 09:40 - Group Q&A if needed
09:40 - 09:45 - 60 Second Pitches
09:45 - 09:50 - Close
09:50 - 10:00 – Optional Facilitated Networking Group 1
10:00 - 10:10 - Optional Facilitated Networking Group 2

Meet The Speakers!

Raja Hanna, Policy Lead for Clean Heat Grants, Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy
Raja is leading policy development to deliver a framework for supporting low carbon heating technologies in the Department of Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy. He has also led legislation to provide covid-19 support to the Renewable Heating sector. He has also held policy roles at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs and the Ministry of Justice, working on EU Exit, international trade and internal market regulation. He has experience in government, parliament, international research institutions and policy consultancies. Raja read International Relations at the University of St Andrews.

Chris Whiteford, Residential Installer Sales Account Manager, Mitsubishi Electric
Chris has worked with Mitsubishi Electric since 2006. Previously to this, Chris held technical and engineering roles in the Refrigeration & Air Conditioning industry.
Upon joining Mitsubishi, Chris focused on sales of their cooling, heating and air movement products, but for the past 10 years plus he has focused on helping offering class leading renewable technologies including air source heat pumps to the residential and commercial markets. Other products incorporated within their products include smart grid technology adaption, along with remote metering & monitoring for accurate control, tracking & recording of data.

George Gillow, Regional Sales Manager, Kensa Contracting
George has worked for Kensa for the past 3 years as Business Development Manager and currently as Regional Sales Manager, working with Local Authorities, Housing Associations and Private Developers across the South West. Alongside a degree in Building Surveying, George is also a qualified Domestic Energy Assessor, supplementing his construction knowledge and confirming his specialism of energy efficiency in new homes. George’s career has spanned the new-build housing world from business developer and land buyer for national house builders to bespoke private dwellings and social housing development at Cornwall Council.

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