Government wants input on providing heat network zoning: The government is looking for input on its proposed method to deliver heat network zoning in England and to recognise areas where heat networks are the most suitable answer for decarbonising heating.

It suggests in a heat network zone, all new buildings, large public sector as well as large non-domestic buildings & larger domestic grounds that are now communally heated would be necessary to link to a heat network within a recommended timeframe.

Exceptions may be sought where it would not be affordable to connect, in comparison to a different low carbon solution.

A low carbon requirement would also be brought in to guarantee new heat networks built within heat network zones are agreeable with the government’s net zero goals.

The consultation, at the moment, is seeking views on the broad fundamentals for how heat network zoning should be arranged, containing the methodology for recognising & designating heat network zones and the roles and responsibilities of distinct parties participating in the zoning process.

Heat network zoning is an example of how the government aims to help & enable local communities to take control and support the path to net zero.

The government’s proposals anticipate central and local government working alongside industry and local shareholders to identify and allocate areas inside which heat networks are the smallest cost, low carbon solution for decarbonising heating.

Lord Callanan, Business, Energy and Corporate Responsibility Minister stated: “The proposals in this consultation are the first step in delivering this Energy White Paper commitment to implement heat network zoning by 2025, ensuring that heat networks are deployed where they are most appropriate.

“Our proposals are for central and local government, industry and local stakeholders, to work together to identify areas where heat networks are the lowest cost, low carbon solution for decarbonising heat. Identifying these areas and developing heat networks within them will help move us towards the potential levels of heat network deployment indicated by the Climate Change Committee.”

The consultation will conclude 19th November 2021.

Government wants input on providing heat network zoning

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