Research and analysis

The national comprehensive assessment of the potential for combined heat and power and district heating and cooling in the UK

This report lays out the technical and socially cost-effective potential for high-efficiency cogeneration (combined heat and power) and efficient district heating and cooling in the UK, up to 2030.

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National comprehensive assessment of the potential for combined heat and power and district heating and cooling in the UK.

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The report’s assessment of technical potential indicates that up to 85% of the UK’s heat demand could be met by individual building-level solutions, such as heat pumps, solar thermal and biomass boilers. Separately, as much as 60% could be met by efficient district heating.

We are committed to £300m of additional funding to heat networks and this report shows the potential in district heating.

The report includes heating and cooling maps of the UK, which show the location of existing combined heat and power plants and district heating, as well as potential sources of recoverable heat.