UKDEA Media Release

UKDEA Applauds That DECC's Annual Energy Statement Re-affirms Commitment To Developing Heat Strategy

25th November 2011

Chris Huhne, Secretary of State for Energy & Climate Change, delivered the Annual Energy Statement on 23rd November.

Electricity may have had its own section within the Energy Statement but mentions of heat were almost at parity with mentions of electricity and power. It’s certainly clear that the Government has come a long way since recognising that heat accounts for nearly half of the UK’s CO2 emissions and is now putting in place strategies to deal with this issue.

Central to the Government’s approach in this area is the announcement of the heat strategy, to be published next year. The UKDEA will continue to engage with Government at all appropriate levels to ensure that the heat strategy is based on a robust evidence base and genuinely enables district energy to contribute to the nation’s goals for sustainable energy supply, fuel poverty reduction and emissions reductions.

The full energy statement can be viewed here:



Notes to Editors:

The partners, owners and operators of the largest district energy schemes in the UK have aligned themselves in the creation of the UK District Energy Association (UKDEA); with the aim of not only promoting district energy as a means to deliver significant carbon savings, but also to establish a direct link between the Government and the industry's small market base.

The Association is a not for profit, non-trade association of companies and public sector organisations involved or interested with these major schemes. Still in its infancy, the UKDEA has attracted leading players in the industry, with the UKDEA's full members comprising of nine major organisations:

  • Birmingham City Council
  • Cofely District Energy Limited
  • Enviroenergy Limited
  • E.ON Energy Solutions Limited
  • Newcastle City Council
  • Shetland Heat, Energy and Power Limited
  • Southampton City Council
  • Thameswey Limited
  • Veolia Environmental Services Limited

Together, these nine organisations represent the: Birmingham, Manchester, Milton Keynes, Newcastle, Nottingham, Sheffield, Shetland, Southampton and Woking District Energy schemes, together with a number of schemes in London including Olympic Park and Stratford City, Bloomsbury Heat & Power, Whitehall, Hatfield, Dalston Square, Greenwich Millennium Village, Barbican Arts Centre, Guildhall, Bastion House and London Central Markets.

UKDEA Key Facts:

Together the UKDEA members represent:

  • Over 100 MW of low carbon generation plant (CHP, biomass, EFW etc)
  • Supported by over 500 MW of conventional back up boiler plant
  • Delivering over 500,000,000 kWh of heat each year
  • Across energy networks which, if combined, would extend for more than 200 km

Through Full and Associate membership, the UK District Energy Association’s aim is to represent current and potential owners, developers, consumers, partners, operators and product suppliers of District Energy schemes throughout the UK.

For more information contact:

Chris Tanner
Secretary of the UKDEA

Thames Head Wharf, Tetbury Road, Cirencester, Gloucestershire, GL7 6NZ

Office: 01285 770615

Mobile: 07773 457941

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Website: www.ukdea.org.uk

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