Fleetsolve welcomes the finer details of government plans to roll out low-carbon heat network zones in England; a move that will give homes and businesses access to greener, cheaper heat, and allow businesses to get paid for the excess heat they produce. 

The government is currently consulting on the final details of its plan, which  sets out how zoning will be implemented, and how potential zones will be identified in English towns and cities. In these zones, the heat network is expected to be the lowest cost solution to decarbonising heat.

Heat networks will be crucial to achieving heat decarbonisation in the UK. In 2023, around 2-3% of heat in the UK was provided by heat networks, however, the goverment estimates they will need to be supplying almost 20% of heat by 2050 to meet net zero goals.

Exporting ‘waste’ heat to the network

The proposals cite a variety of high temperature, low-carbon heat sources that could provide low-cost heating to heat networks. These include industrial process heat, energy from waste and CHP. Under the plans, these potential heat sources could be required to connect, under a “mutually beneficial agreement for the sale of heat”.

The plans could present a financial opportunity for CHP operators with excess heat, who can export what they don’t need to the network.

CHP is a tried, tested and trusted technology, delivering an affordable, secure and sustainable energy supply to thousands of sites across the UK. Using a variety of fuels including natural gas, biogas and renewable bioliquid, CHP units generate electricity onsite and simultaneously capture the heat that is a by-product of the generation process.

Fleetsolve has been pioneering innovative, low carbon, renewable CHP solutions for over 20 years. CEO Keith O’Connor, said: “To achieve net zero, virtually all heat will need to be decarbonised, and so we welcome these plans to accelerate the roll out of low carbon heat networks. CHP is already playing a huge role as an efficient low-carbon source of heat and power to localised heat networks and we’re proud of the projects we have helped to deliver across the UK so far. The government’s heat network zones present a potential opportunity for CHP operators to contribute to their region’s decarbonisation, and in doing so, get financially rewarded.”

DESNZ is currently piloting 28 heat network zones ahead of the introduction of the legislation in 2025, with a view to some zones starting construction by the end of 2025.  

Have your say on the finer details of Heat Network Zoning until 26 February.

Get in touch – we can help!

If you are considering CHP for your business or would like to understand the financial opportunities of CHP, get in touch – we’d be delighted to talk you through the government’s heat network zoning plans. 

We’ll only recommend CHP if it’s right for you.

Call us on 0151 353 2870 or email contact@fleetsolve.com.