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Savings of up to £30 billion could be realised for UK heat networks

5 November 2017

Nicholas Eraut
Nicholas Eraut Project Manager

Effective heat networks are already deployed in many regions of the world and deliver large quantities of heat, particularly to areas of high demand. However, at present only two per cent of UK buildings are connected to district heat networks, and the high initial capital investment and long timescales for installation are key barriers to the wider-scale deployment of district heat networks.

“Our analysis indicates that close to half of the UK’s existing heat demand could be economically connected to heat networks. We believe that, whilst industry can fund many of the activities required, central government is best placed to support the route maps in areas where commercial investment is unlikely. We welcome the Government’s commitment to building and extending heat networks across the country, both through its Heat Networks Investment Project and as part of its Clean Growth Strategy, and we recommend the route maps developed in this project to achieve greater roll-out, more quickly and at lower cost.

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