District heat networks have proven that they are a workable concept which can realise savings and generate a return.
District heat networks are increasingly being recognised by local authorities, the NHS, registered providers and the wider public sector as a vehicle that can play a positive role in empowering communities and establishing greater energy cost certainty and security.
Although the amount of heat supplied to buildings in the UK via heat networks is only 2%, estimates show that approximately 15% of UK heat demand could be met by heat networks by 2030 and around 43% by 2050. If distribution via a district heat network improves energy efficiency, this would go some way to assisting the UK in meeting its carbon reduction targets.
Not only does the UK need more secure energy networks and sources, but as the current UK government rebalances economic priorities, local authorities and registered providers have a real opportunity to identify schemes that can act as a catalyst for urban renewal and economic growth.
Could district heat networks be the answer to both? Our series of articles set out a practical toolkit to help you start identifying and developing schemes.