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UK DEA responds to DECC's heat strategy

The UK District Energy Association has responded to the DECC’s heat strategy document The Future of Heating: A Strategic Framework for Low Carbon Heat in the UK.

In a statement the UK DEA said: “DECC’s strategy had not at this early stage set out particular policy proposals, instead giving a framework for the decarbonisation of heat.”

The UKDEA welcomed the development of heat networks in the UK, as a specific goal of the strategy.

The UKDEA consultation response took the opportunity to correct some common misconceptions about district energy and provide DECC with useful evidence to back policy.

The vast experience of UKDEA members in delivering low carbon district energy systems is such that no single consultation response could contain all the know-how which could be brought to bear on improving government policy; the UKDEA will therefore continue to engage with government at all levels, working hard towards better visibility and understanding of district energy.

In tandem with their consultation response, the UKDEA issued a new Policy Paper to DECC, identifying the huge potential for district energy to decarbonise the UK’s heat and suggesting specific actions that can accelerate the deployment of low carbon district energy, including:

• Parity of treatment under the Renewable Heat Incentive

• Inclusion of district heating under the forthcoming Energy Company Obligation

• A specific incentive for low carbon heat networks

• Working with government to improve the level of guidance, standards and consumer protection.

UKDEA policy specialist Peter Hamnett said “The government’s Heat Strategy provides a positive first step towards decarbonising the nation’s heat and the UKDEA will continue to work hard in helping district energy reach its substantial potential as part of this.”