Helping Scotland move to affordable, low carbon heating. Scotland will be the first country in the UK to legislate on the development of heat networks to help meet climate change targets and tackle fuel poverty. The Heat Networks (Scotland) Bill will introduce regulation and a licensing system for district and communal heating to accelerate use of the networks across Scotland. District or communal networks deliver heat from a central source through insulated pipes to local homes and other buildings, and have the potential to reduce or remove emissions from heating buildings and homes right across Scotland. Heat networks are generally more efficient than individual gas boilers and can also be run wholly from renewable sources, reducing the need for customers to procure and maintain their own boilers. To mark the publication of the bill, Minister for Energy, Connectivity and the Islands, Paul Wheelhouse, visited a heat network under construction at the St James Centre in central Edinburgh.
Scottish Government 3rd March 2020 read more »