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Zero Carbon Energy

This stage will feature a programme of discussion and education about energy generation and decarbonisation of the National Grid and gas networks, clarify the current definition of Zero Carbon, using best practice examples, industry benchmarks and new tools for carbon prediction and accounting.

The aim – to directly reduce carbon emissions from urban regeneration and new development at community and district levels – brings together energy retailers, energy services companies, network operators, infrastructure investors, trade organisations, smart technology providers and innovators, regeneration partners (including house builders) and social landlords.

Hilson Moran is an international multi‑disciplinary engineering practice offering design consultancy services for the built environment. It is an active member of BSRIA, CTBUH, UK Green Building Council (UKGBC) and the UK District Energy Association. It advises the CIBSE Net-Zero Electricity Working Group and the UKGBC Infrastructure Task and Renewable Energy and Off-setting Groups. Hilson Moran creates net-zero carbon developments and works with with DNOs, ESCOs and investors in renewable energy.

  1. What are the opportunities – direct and indirect - for local government and the public sector to invest in renewable energy generation and storage? Focusing on the reduction of  operational carbon emissions in new and existing assets, we explain how Power and Heat Purchase Agreements and Renewable Energy Guarantees of Origin work, and how community and local energy vehicles can attract private sector investment.

  2. New generations of heat networks allow us to recover what was once low-value waste heat as an important resource. How do we capture all forms of waste heat, at what scale does energy from waste become feasible, and how do we make it viable and straightforward? What consumer protection is needed?

  3. In this session we will look at the outcomes of the consulted Carbon Offsetting industry guide (to be published February 2021), provide clarity on sustainable ways to offset carbon and demonstrate with case studies.

  4. An exploration and update on clean technologies to replace natural gas, including hydrogen, refined methane injection, synthetic gas and carbon capture.

  5. What is the optimum formula for Zero Carbon residential developments and how can energy costs be managed in an all-electric, fossil fuel-free future?

  6. Though we are more aware of our energy use and carbon footprint than ever, energy performance is still measured one building or holding at a time. Recovery and recycling of heat energy in new developments is similarly restricted. How can secondary heat be shared across buildings, and what changes to planning law will increase energy recycling?

  7. Energy system decarbonisation needs local leadership, engagement and initiative‐taking. Should planning policy rely on local investment to deliver Zero Carbon development? It’s a social process in which local needs are balanced with the energy resources available. Plus how can groups of local authorities provide platforms for large-scale transitions such as gas conversion to hydrogen?


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What people are saying about FOOTPRINT

What people are saying about FOOTPRINT

  • FOOTPRINT is the place to showcase how we can build sustainable developments and reduce the carbon footprint of building projects. In tackling the climate crisis, these are the conversations we need to be having.
    Peter Kyle
    MP for Hove, Shadow Minister for Justice
  • Despite the global impact of COVID-19 the UK property industry is resilient. FOOTPRINT will provide a forum for everyone to create a deliverable agenda for sustainable growth in the UK property market.
    Francis Hilton
    Pelican Developments
  • The construction sector has a huge role to play in enabling Local Authorities to meet ambitious carbon zero targets. I believe that FOOTPRINT will be the event that supports the creative discussions and working relationships required to achieve Zero Carbon living.
    Duncan Baker-Brown
    Architect, Lecturer at University of Brighton & Campaigner for Circular Economy
  • At last an event that addresses the key issues facing design, construction and development in the UK. The rich mix of consultants, clients, stakeholders and government together with the great location will make Footprint a huge success.
    Paul Monaghan Director of Allford Hall Monaghan Morris Architects
    Liverpool City Region Design Champion and founding member of Architects Declare
  • The idea of the jobs fair on the last day is brilliant. It's exactly what school and university leavers need, and as a CDO, I realise that finding high calibre candidates to work for your organisation is a hugely time absorbing process.
    Adam Brockley
    Founder of Scape Student Living
  • As we move to create the ‘new normal’ post Covid, we have an unprecedented opportunity to re-write the rules around our environmental impact on the planet, this conference does exactly that.
    Gavin Stewart
    Executive Director Brighton & Hove Economic Partnership
  • FOOTPRINT is a hugely exciting opportunity to address the climate emergency which we all face as global citizens.
    James Blakey
    Planning Director Moda Living
  • FOOTPRINT has been set up to answer a need in the property market. We have all traipsed off to the South of France previously to meet up and discuss property issues. This is no longer a responsible action given the carbon footprint of getting there. Combined with the exit of Britain from the EU, we, in the UK market need to meet and discuss our national and international concerns. Footprint is set up to permit us to do this in an accessible, affordable and responsible way
    William Edgerley
    Director Edge Ahead Limited