UK report advocates significant increase in district heating

A report provided by Delta Energy & Environment in the UK says district heating must play a ‘massive role’ in reaching the nation’s decarbonisation and energy goals.

The report on domestic heating for the Electricity Networks Association has highlighted the essential role of heat networks in meeting the UK’s carbon reduction targets, whilst keeping options open during a period of major transition.

Greg Barker MP
The UKCHPA reports that all scenarios analysed by the report identified the need for an expansion of district heating in the UK from serving around 1 per cent of homes currently, to around 30 per cent by 2050.

This follows the publication of the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC)’s heat strategy earlier in the year, which found significant potential for heat networks on industrial and commercial sites, ultimately meeting up to 50 per cent of the UK’s demand for heat.

Speaking at the launch of the report, Greg Barker MP,(pictured) the DECC minister responsible for the Government’s heat strategy, said “We should see this as an opportunity to diversify our sources of heat, make our processes more efficient and our companies more competitive, to develop our cities and towns in sustainable ways that prepare us for a low carbon future.”

Mr Barker also emphasised that heat must be considered as a central element of energy market reforms:  

“We should not look at heat as separate from the wider energy security and electricity market questions we are tackling. We have to consider the entire energy system. And we have to look at local decentralised approaches so that markets do not remain dominated by a small number of very large players.”

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