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Heat networks must be national priority, WWF says

A new report from the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) has called for heat networks to become a national infrastructure priority.

Its latest energy report Warm homes, not warm words highlights that the opportunity to create warm, affordable low-carbon homes and workplaces is at risk unless the government takes action to tackle the carbon emissions from heating homes and businesses.

According to the report, just 2% of UK heating demand is currently met by low-carbon sources and the government is “very far” from the 25% goal to be achieved by 2030 outlined in the fourth carbon budget, according to the Committee on Climate Change.

CHPA director Tim Rotheray said: “I welcome the 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 with 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 heat networks can provide for energy users.”

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