UKDEA Media Release

UKDEA’s ambition for District Energy backed by ENA report

24th October 2012

The UKDEA has welcomed a new report from the Energy Networks Association (ENA), which sets out options for the decarbonisation of the UK’s domestic heat supplies.  The report places significant emphasis on the role of district heating in the ENA’s identified ‘Balanced Transition’ scenario, which provides customers with the least cost of decarbonisation.

The report was prepared for the ENA by Delta Energy & Environment, who looked at a vast range of domestic heating technologies.  The UKDEA provided the lead author of the report – Jon Slowe, Director, Delta-ee – with substantial district energy insight, as well as quantitative inputs into Delta-ee’s modelling.

The report doesn’t include any consideration of commercial heat but makes clear that district heating should be the technology of choice for dense urban housing – circa 27% of UK homes by 2050.  This result lines up well with recent analysis by the UKDEA, which suggested that low-carbon district energy could supply 14% of the UK’s heating needs by the year 2030.

The report can be found online, 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 in district energy schemes of all sizes, from village scale, community based ‘micro district energy’ schemes to city wide district heat energy networks.

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 22 Associate Members, including international 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 145 MW of low carbon generation plant (CHP, biomass, EFW etc)
  • Supported by over 675 MW of conventional back up boiler plant
  • Delivering over 685,000,000 kWh of heat each year
  • Across energy networks which, if combined, would extend for more than 185 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,

Office: 01285 770615 Mobile: 07773 457941

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