FairHeat, alongside Anthesis Group and 1Energy, will be supporting the UK Government’s Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) with the decarbonisation of existing heat networks. The programme is sponsored by BEIS’ Heat Network Delivery Unit (HNDU) in partnership with the Association for Decentralised Energy (ADE) and the Heat Network Industry Council (HeatNIC).

The programme forms part of the plan to deliver the net zero transition for existing heat networks by 2035 without reliance on subsidy or government funding. The programme aims to:

  • better understand the barriers and opportunities to decarbonising and expanding Gas CHP networks.
  • identify solutions to decarbonising existing heat networks.
  • better understand what industry can do to create unsubsidised business models for low carbon heat networks in the long-term.
  • create a more refined evidence base for BEIS to inform future policy work, and where relevant, funding mechanisms.

FairHeat has extensive experience in performance analysis of existing heat networks in addition to practical experience implementing recommendations from the analysis.

Tom Naughton, Associate at FairHeat, comments:

“Enabling the shift from fossil fuel to zero carbon energy sources on legacy heat networks is critical for the increasing contribution that heat networks are providing in reducing the carbon emissions of the UK’s heat sector. We’re delighted to be collaborating with Anthesis Group and 1Energy in this pioneering project as we’re looking at tackling some key questions around the future role of heat networks in the decarbonisation journey.”