UKDEA Media Release

UK District Energy Association challenges the next Government to demonstrate its plan to meet 14% target for heat from low carbon heat networks

5th May 2015

With a few days to go until the election polls open, Simon Woodward, ukDEA Chairman, today laid down the challenge to the next Government to deliver a plan on how they will achieve their stated target to deliver 14% of heating in the UK from low carbon heat networks.

Speaking today Simon Woodward challenged those who want to form the next Government to show how they will achieve this, saying;

"It is down to the next Government to show how this 14% can be delivered, when we have a complete lack of dedicated fiscal and regulatory support for heat networks in the UK which makes this impossible to achieve. Will the next Government be serious about developing a real green economy and the thousands jobs we have demonstrated this can deliver in the low carbon heat networks sector or will this be another missed opportunity”

The 14% figure which has been adopted by the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) was developed by the ukDEA in 2012 as part of the ukDEA’s “Being Ambitious” offer to the UK Government, which identified that this level of the UK’s heat consumption could be met from low carbon heat networks, creating over 10,000 jobs across the sector in all areas from scheme development through to construction and operation. However, whilst DECC has consistently used this 14% market penetration figure it ignores the fact that this was developed from analysis which also showed that this could only be achieved with fiscal support which the ukDEA proposed as a low carbon heat network incentive. Such an incentive will drive down the capital costs of installing systems as the market expands in responds to this, and economies of scale are realised as we see new multiple new entrants, exactly as we have seen in other market sectors and elsewhere across Europe.



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.


The ukDEA has attracted leading players in the industry, with the ukDEA’s Full members comprising of 17 major organisations:

  • Birmingham City Council
  • Brookfield Utilities/GTC Limited
  • Cofely District Energy Limited
  • Coventry City Council
  • ENER-G Switch 2 Limited
  • Enviroenergy Limited
  • E.ON Energy Solutions Limited
  • Leicester City Council
  • Manchester City Council
  • Newcastle City Council
  • Newport City Homes Limited
  • Shetland Heat, Energy and Power Limited
  • Southampton City Council
  • SW Energy Limited
  • Thameswey Limited
  • Veolia Environmental Services Limited
  • Viridor Waste Management Limited


Together, these 17 organisations represent the: Birmingham, Coventry, Exeter, Leicester, Liverpool, 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, Metropolitan Kings Cross, Bloomsbury Heat & Power, Whitehall, Hatfield, Dalston Square, Greenwich Millennium Village, Barbican Arts Centre, Guildhall, Bastion House, Ontario Tower, Pan Peninsula, Baltimore Wharf, Wapping Lane, High Point Village and London Central Markets and others

The ukDEA also has 80 very knowledgeable Associate Members, including Local Authorities, Colleges & Universities, leading industry companies as well as several international members, sharing and contributing information to our district energy knowledge base.

ukDEA Key Facts:

Together the ukDEA members represent:

  • Over 120 MW of low carbon generation plant (CHP, biomass, EFW etc)
  • Supported by over 600 MW of conventional back up boiler plant
  • Delivering over 700,000,000 kWh of heat each year
  • Across energy networks which, if combined, would extend for more than 200km

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.

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

For more information and membership details contact:

Chris Tanner


UK District Energy Association

Thames Head Wharf

Tetbury Road



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