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District heating

Decarbonising the UK’s energy sector means radically rethinking how we heat our homes and businesses. District heating – where a network of insulated pipes delivers heat to a local network of buildings or homes – provides a way to transport heat efficiently, and could offer a possible solution to the decarbonisation challenge.

We commissioned a project using Network Innovation Allowance (NIA) funding with district heat experts BuroHappold. The project explored economically viable locations for district heating in the UK, the types of heat source used and how they could interact to balance demand for heat across the network – all of which will strengthen our understanding of district heating and make our Future Energy Scenarios more robust.

You can read more about this in our short thought piece.

For more detail on the report findings, you can read our report summary here.