Heidi Genoni and Marie Cavanagh
Award winner - Programme of the Year 2021

Heidi Genoni, Arup+ Hy4Heat programme lead, Arup

Heidi is a Programme & Project Manager working in Arup’s Energy Advisory team and is a recognised expert in hydrogen and the role it has to play in the energy transition to net zero. She has over 18 years of experience in infrastructure delivery ranging from innovation, feasibility and development through to construction and operation.


Marie Cavanagh, Hy4Heat senior programme manager, Arup

Marie studied Environmental Science and Sustainability before joining Arup in 2018 as a project manager. Since then she has worked on a number of innovation programmes looking at decarbonising energy systems. Her personal and professional interests lie in the climate crisis and creating a cleaner and more equitable energy system.

Presentation Synopsis - Complex innovation programmes to deliver a future decarbonised world

The Hy4Heat programme set out to explore the decarbonisation of gas networks through establishing if it is technically possible, safe and convenient to replace methane with hydrogen in residential and commercial buildings.

Given the minimal prior relevant work done in this field, and a context of many interested stakeholders, priorities for the programme included:

  • undertaking broad industry engagement and involving a diverse group of technical experts
  • putting in place good governance
  • open sharing of information / providing consistent communications
  • ensuring a flexible approach to milestone delivery & approval

Heidi and Marie will discuss the programme management skills and expertise that has supported in delivering Hy4Heat during a time of rapid change, in order to support the UK in decarbonising our homes and buildings.

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