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Heat Networks Industry Council launched

Published June 12, 2020

Heat Networks Industry Council launched

The new Heat Networks Industry Council (HNIC) has recently been set up by organisations that oversee the UK’s heat networks and industry, edie has announced. The council will oversee plans to drive investment, to the tune of up to £50bn, into the sector.

Heat makes up over a third of the UK’s greenhouse gas emissions, and the members of the council deliver heat to half a million UK customers. One of the goals of the council is to deliver universal zero carbon heat networks by 2035, with the ultimate objective being enabling 18% of UK demand to be met through heat networks by 2050.

“The government’s £270m Green Heat Networks Fund underlines our support for the industry, and we back the new Heat Networks Industry Council to deliver on its ambitions for investment and job creation as part of reaching net zero emissions by 2050,” said Kwasi Kwarteng, energy and clean growth minister.

As part of the plan to get there, by 2030 all major UK cities are to have strategic heat network strategies in place. Also part of the plan is the creation of 35,000 new jobs by 2050.

It was noted in the Business Green that there are 14,000 heat networks delivering low or zero carbon heat to homes and businesses in the UK, but the nation is still behind several other northern European countries.