16th October 2018 |
New body will work with Government to build a thriving, sustainable, affordable heat network sector
Switch2 Energy has joined forces with twelve other leading business from the community and district heating sector to form the new Heat Network Industry Council.
The new Council, which was established and is led by the Association for Decentralised Energy (ADE), aims to support Government in developing a sustainable heat network sector.
Its focus is to create jobs and investment; reduce costs for both investors and customers; reduce carbon emissions; create cities that are better to live in; and improve customer service standards. This can be delivered if the Government puts in place supportive policy frameworks and reduces investment risk in the sector.
Kirsty Lambert, Director at Switch2 Energy, said: “It is important the industry works together to deliver the Government’s ambitions for rolling out heat networks to meet the climate change obligations. Switch2’s 35 years in operating heat networks, and expertise in customer service, puts us in an ideal position to contribute to important work of the Council in expanding our industry.”
The Council’s formation was announced during Green Great Britain Week – underlining the important role of heat networks in decarbonising the UK’s energy supply. It followed the government’s launch of the £320 million Heat Networks Investment Project.
Claire Perry, Minister of State for Energy and Clean Growth, said: “I’m delighted to see how many more businesses and organisations, such as the Association for Decentralised Energy, are seizing this multi-billion pound opportunity to energize their communities to tackle the very serious threat of climate change.”
ADE Director Dr Tim Rotheray said: “Industry and Government have the same objective; to deliver a sustainable heat network industry that delivers for customers. Neither industry nor government can deliver on this objective alone.
“The Council exists to set out ambitious commitments of what the heat networks industry will deliver, in return for policy measures which ensure heat network infrastructure projects are an attractive investment proposition.”
The 13 members of the Council are The ADE; BU-UK; EDF Energy; ENGIE; EON; Pinnacle Power; Ramboll; Siemens; SSE; Switch2 Energy; Vattenfall; Veolia; and Vital Energi.