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Friends of the Earth to host keynote address at H&V News summit

Mike Childs, head of science, policy and research for the environmental campaign group will be sharing his views on the huge implications of decarbonisation for HVAC and how industry is adapting

Experts from across the building services sector, politics and academia will be joining H&V News for its first Future of HVAC Summit that is scheduled to be held on October 3 at the Bloomsbury Hotel in London.

In keeping with the approach, we are excited to unveil one of our key speakers at the event, who will lead a session on the considerable issues facing the entire sector as a result of environmental pressures to urgently rethink-long held business practices.

This is a vital concern for HVAC following the recent introduction of new legislation committing the UK to eliminate or offset its carbon emissions nationally from 2050.

Mike Childs, head of science, policy and research for the Friends of the Earth environmental campaign group will headline an ‘in focus’ session at the summit to consider the current status of efforts to rethink heating in line with a carbon neutral economy.

Childs will use his expertise in climate change campaigning to discuss some of the environmental realities that could await industry efforts to realise stricter decarbonisation targets when transforming buildings.

An elusive concept

Despite parliament introducing legislation committing government to ensure the 2050 net zero targets are met, a clear path to realising net zero remains a somewhat elusive concept for the heating sector.

This is also the case for influential groups such as the Committee on Climate Change (CCC), which has demanded clearer policy details and support from government to aid the vital transformation of industry, transport and our buildings to net zero.

The CCC, which has played a significant role in shaping and starring government policy in terms, has warned that current legislation and support mechanisms for funding take up of alternative appliances are insufficient to meet even previous UK targets for decarbonisation – never mind the stricter net zero aims.

Major change is needed and the summit will be considering how decarbonisation plays into the wider need to rethink our buildings.

Ongoing attempts to drastically reshape Building Regulations and their enforcement, following the Grenfell Tower fire in 2017, IAQ and considerations of the role that hydrogen and electric heating can play to ensure a viable approach to decarbonisation are also part of the event programme.

H&V News will be detailing other experts that will be playing key roles in the summit during the build-up to the event.

Information on the current line-up of speakers can be read here.

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