IDEA Applauds UK Department of Energy & Climate Change for Heat Strategy

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UK Government sets out plans to cut emissions from heat, confirms major expansion of district heating infrastructure

The International District Energy Association (IDEA) congratulates the UK Department of Energy & Climate Change (DECC) on the publication of its latest heat strategy report, “The Future of Heating: Meeting the Challenge.” The report was released on March 26, 2013 and is available here. The Executive Summary and additional supporting resources are also available.

“At at time when cities and communities the world over are seeking more resilient, more efficient energy solutions, I applaud the UK federal government’s leadership in accelerating deployment of district energy and combined heat & power,” states Robert Thornton, President & CEO of the International District Energy Association. “District energy is a proven, integrative technology that can dramatically reduce energy waste, cut pollution, and strengthen local economies. It’s time that more policy makers embrace these common sense solutions and read the report issued under the leadership of Minister Edward Davey, Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change.”

This DECC report outlines proposals to invest in new district heating networks in towns and cities and establishes a new Heat Networks Delivery Unit within DECC to support communities pursuing energy projects. Over a third of the UK’s carbon emissions come from the energy used to produce heat and this document reaffirms the UK Government’s commitment to move to low carbon alternatives and meet aggressive clean energy and emissions reductions targets through a coordinated plan.

The Government’s Heat Strategy lays out the “next steps to ensure affordable, secure, low-carbon heating plays an important role in the nation’s energy mix,” according to the DECC, and sets out specific actions to help accelerate successful deployment of low-carbon district heating across the UK in the years to come.

The DECC report recognizes the potential to cut emissions from heat across the whole UK economy and focuses on several key actions, including £9 million to help local authorities launch district heating networks across the country, a new Heat Networks Delivery Unit within DECC to provide expert advice and £1 million to help the cities of Manchester, Leeds, Newcastle, Sheffield and Nottingham develop heat networks.

About IDEA: Since its founding in Ohio back in June 1909, the Westborough, MA-based nonprofit 501(c)6 International District Energy Association (IDEA) has been "Informing, Connecting and Advancing" the global district energy industry. Today, over 1700 IDEA members from 23 different countries demonstrate how district energy infrastructure delivers higher energy efficiency with greater reliability and lower CO2 emissions from clean, local energy resources. IDEA members worldwide are involved in the operation, design, construction, and optimization of district heating, district cooling, and combined heat and power (CHP) systems located in cities, communities and on campuses and owned and operated by public and private utilities, municipalities, hospitals, military bases and airports.

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