Study analyses potential for district heating in Edinburgh

Edinburgh is exploring how district heating can help the meet the targets established in its Sustainable Energy Action Plan (SEAP).

The plan aims to reduce carbon emissions by 42% of 2005 levels by 2020. In 2012 a 9.5% reduction was met.
One a range of initiatives being considered is the suitability of district heating. To roll out district heating within parts of the city, the council has reached out to third parties; including consulting and engineering firm Ramboll.

Ramboll is currently active at the city’s BioQuarter and Edinburgh International where it has ran district heating studies aimed at improving the respective energy profiles of the locations for their main stakeholders, including Scottish Enterprise and City of Edinburgh Council.

The projects are part of a wider integration of the direct heating networks already in place in the city, such as the network provided by Edinburgh University’s four existing systems. Ramboll is also active in a number of other major projects, including the provision of heat pumps in Leith, and supports the council with its strategic vision for district heating in the city.

“As a signatory to the Covenant of Mayors, Edinburgh joins thousands of European towns and cities in a commitment to reducing carbon. But we go beyond the required 20% target with an ambitious pledge to reduce emissions by 42% by 2020. This will be challenging and will require initiatives on a major scale,” comments Andrew Burns, Leader of the City of Edinburgh Council.

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