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Heating: Renewable Energy

Energy and Climate Change written question – answered on 19th October 2012.

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Photo of Mike Weatherley Mike Weatherley Conservative, Hove

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change whether his Department is developing guidance on the EU draft directive requiring all towns to have a heat plan by the end of 2013 to cover utilisation of waste heat.

Photo of Gregory Barker Gregory Barker The Minister of State, Department of Energy and Climate Change

Article 14 of the EU Energy Efficiency Directive requires member states to conduct a detailed assessment of the national potential for district heating and cooling, including mapping heating and cooling demand and supply points by 31 December 2015. This Article also requires that, when authorising new or substantially refurbished installations, member states shall ensure that a cost benefit assessment is conducted considering the case for recovering industrial waste heat for use in district heating. The directive does not require individual towns to develop heat plans and will not start to take effect until 2014.

As the directive has not yet been published our plans for its transposition are at an early stage. Transposition of the cost benefit assessment requirements appears to lend itself best to implementation via the Environmental Permitting regime, which would be likely to include development of guidance for applicants for permits. The Government envisages consulting on transposing regulations and draft guidance in mid 2013.

DECC published “The Future of Heating: A strategic framework for low carbon heat in the UK” in March 2012:

http://www.decc.gov.uk/assets/decc/11/meeting-energy-demand/heat/4805-future-heating-strategic-framework.pdf

Alongside this, the Department published a national heat map which maps heat demand in industry and public, commercial and residential buildings, as well as indicating the location of powerplant and combined heat and power schemes as potential sources of heat:

http://ceo.decc.gov.uk/nationalheatmap/

We are now developing a heat policy publication for March 2013, building on this earlier work. This will cover the utilisation of waste heat and optimal levels of district heating in the UK.

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