UKDEA Media Release

UKDEA Building Momentum from DECC's Heat Strategy

31st May 2012

The UK District Energy Association responded officially last week to the Department of Energy and Climate Change's highly anticipated heat strategy document, titled The Future of Heating: A Strategic Framework for Low Carbon Heat in the UK.

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."


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 twelve major organisations:

  • Birmingham City Council
  • Cofely District Energy Limited
  • ENER-G Switch 2 Limited
  • Enviroenergy Limited
  • E.ON Energy Solutions Limited
  • Leicester City Council
  • Newcastle City Council
  • Newport City Homes Limited
  • Shetland Heat, Energy and Power Limited
  • Southampton City Council
  • Thameswey Limited
  • Veolia Environmental Services Limited

Together, these twelve organisations represent the: Birmingham, Leicester, Manchester, Milton Keynes, Newport, 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.

The UKDEA also has 11 Associate Members sharing and contributing information to our district energy knowledge base.

UKDEA Key Facts:

Together the UKDEA members represent:

  • Over 125 MW of low carbon generation plant (CHP, biomass, EFW etc)
  • Supported by over 625 MW of conventional back up boiler plant
  • Delivering over 625,000,000 kWh of heat each year
  • Across energy networks which, if combined, would extend for more than 160 miles

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

For more information contact:

Chris Tanner
Secretary & Administrator for the UKDEA

Thames Head Wharf,
Tetbury Road,

Office: 01285 770615 Mobile: 07773 457941

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