UKDEA Media Release

UKDEA Welcomes District Heating Requirements in the EU Energy Efficiency Directive

28th June 2012

The UK District Energy Association (UKDEA) has publically applauded the focus of the EU Energy Efficiency Directive (EED) on district heating, as formal agreement on its wording was recently reached.

Amongst the measures included in the EED which were agreed to, district heating is highlighted as an important direction, with all member states being required to carry out detailed scoping studies to assess the potential in their own country.

The requirements of the EED tie in with recent research undertaken by the UKDEA, which highlights the 'significant potential' for district energy in the UK.

The directive requires that all EU Member States save energy in specified ways, each of which is detailed in the background note available on the website. These range from renovation of public buildings for energy efficiency, energy audits of homes and businesses, smart metering and better consumer information.

The directive supports the EU target of improving energy efficiency by 20% by the year 2020 (compared to 1990 levels).

Under the district heating guidelines, the directive agrees that:

"Member States would need to carry out and notify to the Commission by December 2015 a "comprehensive assessment" of the scope for applying high-efficiency cogeneration and efficient district heating and cooling."

This is further explained in the directive, where it states that Member States will need to carry out a full cost-benefit analysis based upon climate, economic feasibility and technical suitability. The cost-benefit analysis must facilitate the identification of the most efficient ways to meet heating and cooling requirements in that country.

It goes on to say that where the assessments identify situations where high efficiency district heating or CHP could be installed at a greater benefit than cost, Member States will need to put action plans in place to get those technologies installed.

Simon Woodward, chairman of the UKDEA, commented, "The EED gives further support and impetus for the development of more district heating in the UK. Recent research by the UKDEA demonstrates how extensive the potential for district energy is, and now this directive gives Local Authorities and the UK Government additional encouragement to do something about it."

The proposed directive would replace two existing pieces of legislation - the Energy Savings Directive (ESD), and the Cogeneration Directive. It aims to fill gaps where measures are lacking, improve the effectiveness of existing ones, and in doing so, to provide a boost to the economy.

MEPs believe that energy efficiency can help drive the EU by reducing dependence on imports, creating jobs, freeing up financial resources, enhancing industrial competitiveness, and reducing greenhouse gas emissions.


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 in district energy schemes of all sizes, from city wide schemes to smaller housing 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 13 Associate Members sharing and contributing information to our district energy knowledge base.

The UKDEA welcomes new members. Be part of our district energy information sharing loop and apply for membership of this forward thinking Association today.

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 or membership details contact:

Chris Tanner Secretary & Administrator for the UKDEA

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

Office: 01285 770615 Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Mobile: 07773 457941 Website: www.ukdea.org.uk