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Major new fund opens for ‘green heating’ projects

Posted on 19 Mar 2022 and read 1010 times
Major new fund opens for ‘green heating’ projectsHouseholds and businesses across England are set to benefit from ‘greener heating’ as a £288 million Government funding scheme is opened, ‘boosting the roll out of next-generation heat network projects as part of cutting emissions’.

As a result, schemes that will deliver clean heating to homes, offices, commercial and public buildings will be able to apply for grants to the Green Heat Network Fund (GHNF) over the next three years. The fund is expected to reduce carbon emissions equivalent to ‘taking 5.6 million cars off the road for a year’.

Heat networks offer carbon emissions savings by supplying heat to buildings from a central source, avoiding the need for households and workplaces to rely on individual, energy-intensive heating solutions — such as gas boilers. The funding will support the uptake of low-carbon technologies like heat pumps, solar and geothermal energy as a central heating source. Applications for grants opened on 14 March and the scheme is anticipated to run to 2025.

Energy Minister Lord Callanan said: “Heating in buildings forms a significant part of the UK’s carbon footprint, so changing how we warm our homes and workspaces is vital to meeting our climate change commitments. Heat networks are an effective way of reducing carbon emissions and this fund will enable us to accelerate the roll-out of these cutting-edge and green technologies.”

The scheme is also expected to fund the delivery of an estimated 9.7 million tonnes of total carbon savings by 2050 with the independent Committee on Climate Change estimating that, with continued support, heat networks could meet nearly 20% of overall UK demand for heating by 2050.

Lily Frencham, CEO of the Association for Decentralised Energy, said: “We are delighted that the Government is invigorating the transition to zero-carbon heating across the UK, heating that uses good old-fashioned pipes and water to transport heat from green energy centres to homes and businesses.

“Heat networks offer the most cost-effective tried-and-tested way of decarbonising our towns and cities and it is great to see Government’s continued support for the sector through the launch of the Green Heat Network Fund. Heat networks have a critical role to play in the UK’s ‘net zero’ future, and 2022 will be a crucial year for the heat networks sector.”

Anyone wanting further information on the GHNF can email the GHNF team ().