District Heat Networks have the potential to deliver CO2 emissions reductions and cost benefits using low carbon heat. AECOM, commissioned by the ETI, has mapped eight innovative solutions that could see a capital cost reduction of up to 40 per cent for heat networks, saving almost £30 billion of investment. Targeted financial investment to deliver these cost reductions will enable heat networks to be more competitive with alternative pathways to decarbonising heat in existing buildings. The ETI has released reports from its Heat Infrastructure Development project setting out eight route maps for cost reduction in District Heat Networks (DHN) which if implemented could save the UK up to £30 billion. The Government’s recently published Clean Growth Strategy has highlighted a desire to build and extend heat networks across the country. Already successful in Europe, district heat networks supply heat to homes and businesses through pipes carrying hot water. They have the potential to deliver CO2 emissions reductions and cost benefits using low-carbon heat, waste heat from power stations and large-scale heat pump deployment, as well as reducing reliance on imported gas.
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