Oct 22 2020, 10:30 - 12:00




Wood Heat 2020 Online Virtual

Due to the ongoing situation with coronavirus the WHA and UK Pellet Council have taken the decision to move the Wood Heat Conference 2020 online with a series of sessions between 19th – 22nd October 2020.

These sessions shall be followed by a physical Wood Heat Conference in 2021, 30th – 31st March 2021 in Birmingham.

The virtual conference in October will provide an opportunity to both consider the current status of the wood heat industry and look to the future. While UK heat policy continues to underestimate the potential for the technology, the gap the Government must fill to meet its heat decarbonisation targets only gets larger. Continuing to demonstrate the essential role biomass heat has in meeting this challenge is a key focus of this year’s sessions, ahead of the publication of the Government’s Heat in Buildings Strategy expected later this year. Join us in October to hear from sector experts and contribute to the discussion on where next for Biomass Heat.

All who have already registered for the event will be able to attend both the virtual conference in October and the physical conference in March 2021 at no extra cost.

New registration are also welcome for both the virtual and physical conferences.

Finally, we thank everyone for their patience as we have put this conference together and deal with the unique challenges of this year. We look forward to you joining us next month.

Wood Heat 2020 – Virtual Conference Agenda

Biomass Heat Policy – What now?
Monday 19th October – 10.30 – 12.00

The panel will provide an overview of the current status of heat policy and what could be coming down the line for the sector.

  • Tunde Ojetola, Senior Policy Advisor, BEIS
  • Raja Hana, Policy Lead – Clean Heat Grants (Biomass and Budget), BEIS
  • David Fletcher, Deputy Director – Policy and Engagement, Ofgem

Chair: Mark Sommerfeld, Policy Manager, REA

Growing UK Biomass Supply
Tuesday 20th October – 10.30 – 12.00

Given consultations this year on Environmental Land Management Scheme and the England Tree Strategy, this panel shall look at how the UK can look to increase its domestic bioenergy supply and what’s needed to support its growth.

  • Ian Tubby, Principal Advisor for Business and Markets, Forestry Commission
  • Kevin Lindegaard, Co-Founder, Sustainable Fuels Register
  • Matt Keniston, Head of Commercial Biofuels, Bio-bean
  • Fiona Matthews, Associate Director, Hawkins Wright

Chair: Neil Harrison, Director, re:heat

Ensuring Quality – Improving Standards in Biomass Heat
Wednesday 21st October – 10.30 – 12.00

Improving standards continues to be a key focus for the industry and was highlighted this year in the RHI “Ensuring a Sustainable Scheme” consultation. This session will look at what standards are being developed and what is still needed.

  • Virginia Graham, Chief Executive, RECC
  • Matt Goodwin, General Secretary & Standards Manager, UKPC
  • Stewart Boyle, Senior Associate, South East Fuels
  • Imogen Jamie, Senior Client Manager, Gemserv and Biomass Suppliers List

Chair: Julian Morgan Jones, Director, South East Wood Fuels

Next Steps for Biomass Heat
Thursday 22nd October – 10.30 – 12.00

Join the discussion on what next for the wood heat in the UK. Presentations shall be provided by the UK Pellet Council, the WHA and the REA as we refocus our efforts around promoting the potential of biomass for the future.

  • Neil Holland, Managing Director, Y Pellet and Biomass Heat Works
  • Dr Nina Skorupska, Chief Executive, REA

Chair: Mark Lebus, Chair, UKPC

REA Member Rate £50 for all 4 sessions

REA Non-Member Rate £100 for all 4 sessions

Those already registered for Wood Heat 2020 do not need to register again

Details for joining the online sessions will be sent to all delegates who register to attend the event.