Scotland consults on Draft Heat Networks Delivery Plan

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Scottish Government’s draft heat networks delivery plan sets out how the provisions of the Heat Networks (Scotland) Act 2021, and related policies, will contribute to increased heat networks across Scotland.

It also outlines the proposed regulatory regime for the heat networks sector in the country.

A new consultation focuses on a draft document, which offers a series of proposals and seeks feedback throughout, which will be used to produce the final heat networks delivery plan.

The Heat Networks (Scotland) Act 2021 introduces regulation of the heat network sector, to support increasing deployment of heat networks across Scotland.

The Act commits Scottish Ministers to publishing a heat networks delivery plan by 1 April 2022, to outline how provisions within the Act and supporting policies will lead to an increase in heat networks, helping the Scottish Government meet the ambitious emissions reduction targets.

Heat networks, as defined under the Heat Networks (Scotland) Act 2021, include both district and communal heating:

  • a district heat network is defined as a network by which thermal energy is distributed from one or more sources of production to more than one building.
  • a communal heating system is a system by which thermal energy is distributed from one or more sources of production to one building comprising more than one building unit.

This consultation closes on 13th of December 2021.

More information about this consultation and how to take part is available on the Scottish Government website.