UKDEA Media Release

UKDEA Positive About Opportunities For District Heating Infrastructure

1st December 2011

George Osborne’s Autumn Statement 2011 made much of the push for new infrastructure projects and the UKDEA is heartened to see that district energy is recognised to be an important part of the UK’s future infrastructure potential. In parallel with the Autumn Statement, HM Treasury published their updated National Infrastructure Plan, containing a section dedicated to “Heat Networks and District Heating”.

While no new concrete measures to support district heating have been announced, direct references in the National Infrastructure Plan make clear that momentum is building towards the publishing of DECC’s Heat Strategy in the new year.

Minister of State Greg Barker recently talked about the “pioneering companies and local authorities” that have already worked to deliver the UK’s existing district energy infrastructure and those UKDEA members will be instrumental in working with DECC to address the barriers to wider delivery of district heating.

The national Infrastructure Plan can be accessed from the HM Treasury website, linked below. Supporting information includes supplementary Green Book guidance on valuing infrastructure spending.



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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