BEIS will consult on framework for heat network zoning following policy proposals from ADE • Greater Manchester publishes final draft of Plan for Homes, Jobs and the Environment • Leeds City Council plans to invest £24 million in development of new district heating networks • Read more about district heating developments in the UK in the October news update
The department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy announced in October their decision to consult on a framework for heat network zoning starting in 2021. The zoning framework is aimed to encourage new and existing heat network developments in designated zones across the country, supported by local authorities and stakeholders. The announcement comes after ADE’s publication of the report “Heat and Energy Efficiency Zoning: A framework for net zero for new and existing buildings”, containing policy proposals for a wider zoning framework.
The Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) and all the ten boroughs have developed the Spatial Framework setting out how to achieve sustainable villages, towns and cities in the city-region. If the plan is endorsed by local leaders a public consultation will be conducted before the plan is submitted for approval by the Secretary of State. The framework will support the delivery of decentralised energy networks in “Heat and Energy Network Opportunity Areas”.
In an effort to reduce their carbon footprint, Leeds City Council have announced plans for a £24 million investment in green technologies to power six new district heating networks. Technologies considered for investment include ground and air source heat pumps and biomass systems. The programme is predicted to cut annual greenhouse gas emissions by 950 tonnes while simultaneously lowering the energy bill for tenants by an estimated 10%.
Sweden is at the forefront of decentralised heat networks technology. Our aim for “Sustainable Heating & Cooling by Sweden” is to facilitate knowledge sharing between British, French and Swedish stakeholders and develop and encourage environmental and economic best practice.
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