Energy and heat in a low carbon economy

As host and organiser, Helen Gavin welcomes you to this low carbon energy focused event, on behalf of the Chartered Institute of Water and Environmental Management’s Central Southern Branch, the Oxford Energy Society, and the Environmental Change Institute, Oxford University.
Doors open at 5:30pm with the event starting proper at 6pm. Each presentation will be approximately 20 minutes long, allowing time afterwards for questions and discussions.

Talk: “Decarbonising the production of heat: sources of heat for a low carbon economy”
Speaker: Jim Dowling, MD Oxford Renewables
The provision of heat contributes around a quarter of all UK greenhouse gas emissions and will take a concerted effort from government, regulator and industry to decarbonise. The focus to date has been on action to reduce carbon emissions in the power sector. Urgent action is needed to support the decarbonisation of heat over the next two decades. In this talk, Jim will introduce the issues and challenges facing the decarbonisation of generating heat, and outline how heat can be generated in a low carbon economy.

Talk: “Can hot water tanks support the National Grid?”
Speaker: Priya Bhagavathy, Researcher, University of Oxford
The Oxford Martin Programme on Integrating Renewable Energy is performing a fundamental re-think of the regulatory, market and institutional arrangements that are required to transition to a low carbon energy system, which is critical to mitigating climate change. Priya will talk about her research examining how to combine the use of batteries and hot water tanks to support the national grid.