The UK’s Combined Heat and Power Association (CHPA) has welcomed a new report from WWF calling for heat networks to be a national infrastructure priority.
Conservation charity WWF called on ministers to highlight the benefits of low-carbon heat and use ‘a balance of regulation and incentives’ to increase uptake of renewable heat technologies.
Zoe Leader, WWF-UK’s climate and energy specialist said the UK government’s support for renewable heat is making slow but steady progress, but at the current rate will fail to meet the country’s climate change goals.
‘In the next 15 years, the UK needs to insulate eight million lofts, install nearly four million heat pumps and quadruple the number of homes connected to heat networks. That’s not going to happen without stronger Government support. The prize at the end will be many, more warmer, healthier homes that are cheaper to run.
‘WWF’’s report shows that there is real opportunity to reduce our carbon footprint from heating.
‘It is clear that strong Government policies can address the barriers to large scale deployment, help reduce our reliance on imported fossil fuels while supporting enterprise and innovation in a new industry.’
CHPA Director Tim Rotheray said, “I welcome WWF’s call for heat networks to become a national infrastructure priority, and their proposals match the CHPA’s own policy recommendations.
Heat networks can be one of the most cost effective ways to decarbonise heat while consumers also benefit from lower energy bills.
CHPA analysis shows that by delivering renewable heat through networks, we can save taxpayers up to £1.6m for every 1,000 homes connected compared to alternative solutions.
The next challenge for Government is to put in place a framework that will deliver the infrastructure investment necessary to unlock the considerable benefit that heat networks can provide for energy users.”