Heat networks ‘vital to driving costs down’

The wide deployment of low carbon heat networks will prove vital in driving down the cost of keeping homes warm. That’s according to Climate and Energy Minister Claire Perry, who […]

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By Jonny Bairstow

The wide deployment of low carbon heat networks will prove vital in driving down the cost of keeping homes warm.

That’s according to Climate and Energy Minister Claire Perry, who outlined the role of district heating systems in today’s Clean Growth Strategy, which set out 50 policies and proposals for decarbonising the UK.

Her statement was welcomed by the Association for Decentralised Energy (ADE), which says heating buildings is responsible for around a third of the UK’s total emissions.

The group also suggests the sector is one of the most difficult to decarbonise in terms of policy and technology challenges.

The actions outlined in the plan include ongoing support for heat networks and two new £10 million innovation programmes to develop new energy efficiency and heating technologies.

ADE Director, Dr Tim Rotheray, said: “We welcome government’s recognition and commitment to decarbonising heat as a method to meet our carbon reduction goals and we are delighted to see ongoing support for the use of heat networks as a means to decarbonise heat dense areas and backing for the role of the ADE Heat Network Task Force to deliver heat network infrastructure investment through the 2020s.”