UKDEA says Heat Strategy ‘an important step’

The UK District Energy Association (UKDEA) has come out in support of the publication of the Heat Strategy from the UK Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC).

The strategy, titled ‘The Future of Heating: A Strategic Framework for Low Carbon Heat in the UK’ has been released following a period of research by DECC into the UK’s heat consumption habits.

With a large proportion of the UK’s total energy consumption being used on heating for homes and businesses across the country, finding low carbon solutions to heating needs is going to be essential if the UK is to meet its carbon reduction targets, reports H&V News.

In a statement the association said: “Whilst DECC’s heat strategy does not, at this stage, set out particular policy proposals, what it does do is give a framework for decarbonising heat, from building level through to heat networks.

Throughout the document, the support for district heating networks is made clear, with the construction of heat networks connected to low carbon sources listed as one of the three main methods of decarbonising the UK’s heat supply.

In addition to this the strategy highlights two important aims for district energy.

Firstly, to build an evidence base to identify issues and barriers for low carbon heat networks and, within 12 months, set out policy options to address these.

Secondly, to support the expansion and development of low carbon heat networks throughout this decade, through new measures.

UKDEA Chairman, Simon Woodward, said: “This strategy represents an important step forward for the district energy industry.”

“It demonstrates the UK government’s commitment to facilitating and supporting district energy schemes and gives the industry a framework on which to build good practice and wider take up of the available technology.”

“The release of the strategy has given stakeholders an opportunity to communicate their views, and each chapter sets out a number of problems that it invites readers to help answer.”

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