2035 target for the amount of heat to be supplied by heat networks

Closes 11 Mar 2023

Opened 16 Dec 2022

Overview

Through this consultation, the Scottish Government is seeking views on a proposed target relating to the combined supply of thermal energy through heat networks in Scotland in 2035. 

The consultation is focused on this one topic, and covers Scotland only.

We are also taking the opportunity to ask an open question about any other issues relating to heat networks, to inform any future target considerations. 

Background

Scottish Ministers must in terms of Section 92 of the Heat Networks (Scotland) Act 2021 (“the 2021 Act”), by 1 October 2023, lay a draft of a Scottish statutory instrument containing regulations specifying a 2035 target relating to the combined supply of thermal energy by heat networks in Scotland.

The 2021 Act sets targets for the combined supply of thermal energy by heat networks, requiring this to reach 2.6 Terawatt hours (TWh) of output by 2027, and 6 TWh of output by 2030.  These figures equate to approximately 3% and 8% of current non-electrical heat demand respectively.

Consulting on a 2035 target was one of the actions set out in the Heat Networks Delivery Plan, which sits in the context of wider heat decarbonisation policy, in particular, the Heat in Buildings Strategy. 

Our ambition for the heat networks sector includes, as set out in the Heat Networks Delivery Plan, that the sector delivers affordable clean heat, supporting delivery of emission reduction and fuel poverty targets.

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