Wood Heat 2020

2020 will be a critical year for the wood heat industry. The urgency for cutting carbon emissions in heat has increased over the last twelve months, in part thanks to the leading commitments for the UK to be net zero by 2050. The Governments upcoming roadmap for heat decarbonisation is therefore going to be of fundamental importance, finally establishing the future heat policy required to drive the sector forward.

However, the potential for wood heat continues to be underestimated. In 2020, in advance of the roadmaps publication, it is more important than ever for the sector to be promoting itself, sharing good practice and focusing on the positive benefits of sustainable and renewable biomass heat and combined heat and power (CHP).

For the second time the WHA and UK Pellet Council, the two leading industry bodies, are teaming up to co-host Wood Heat 2020, demonstrating a unified voice for the industry. The conference will highlight the use of biomass heat in both rural and urban areas; exemplify the situations in which it is the ideal solution for heat decarbonisation, while also making clear how the industry is ensuring installation and sustainability standards continue to be strengthened.

The conference programme is carefully put together to provide all the information relevant to the biomass heat and CHP industry, and assembles individuals drawn from across the supply chain in the same room for two days of technical, legislative and market updates. The conference will include speakers from Government, Industry and the public sector.

Now in its sixth year, Wood Heat 2020 will not only provide you with the insights, knowledge and contacts to keep pace with the evolving industry, but also provide the opportunity to build a consensus to face the challenges we share in the UK biomass energy sector.

Conference Topics to Include:

  • The Growth of the UK Biomass Sector
  • Biomass Heat Policy and Outlook
  • Promoting Biomass as a Technology
  • Mobilising Biomass Resources
  • System Quality and Performance

Conference Speakers so far confirmed:

Ian Tubby, Forestry Commission  –  UK forest resources

Geoff Hogan, Forestry Commission/Forest Research – Mobilising Additional Biomass Resources – Research Report

Matt Keniston, Bio-Bean – The Journey of an Alternative Biomass Fuel

Prof Adam Harvey, University of Newcastle – Biomass Emissions

Luke Bailey, Senior Policy Manager, Ofgem

Rachael Levinson, Hawkins Wright – European and UK Pellet Market Trends

Alex Morgan, University of Leipzig / Utrecht University – UK vs Germany : Biomass Heat Policy




This years evening dinner will be taking place at the same venue Thinktank Millenium Point, Curzon Street, Birmingham, B4 7XG.  Come and join us as this is a great place to network with old and new contacts.

Dress Code: Smart Casual

Drinks Reception: 7pm

Dinner: 8pm

If you have any queries please contact events@r-e-a.net