Heat networks industry signals ambition with new council

The heat networks industry is targeting 35,000 new direct jobs by 2050 after the launch of the Heat Networks Industry Council (HNIC).

The HNIC, launched at an online event with Energy and Clean Growth Minister, Kwasi Kwarteng, on 3 June, is now encouraging heat network companies in the UK to sign up to its offer, which includes ambitions such as the delivery of universal zero carbon heat networks by 2035 and up to £50bn investment in the UK market by 2050.

Other ambitions of the council are having the capability – meaning necessary investment, skills and supply chain – needed for 18% of UK heat demand to be met through heat networks by 2050, city-wide strategic heat network plans for all major cities by 2030, consistent and excellent customer experience for all heat network users, and efficient and low cost, digitally-enabled heat for all networks.

The council was established by the Association for Decentralised Energy (ADE), with its founding members including Siemens, SSE Heat Networks and Vattenfall.

Dan McGrail, Chair of the HNIC, said: “The heat networks industry can play a big role in helping the UK reach our net zero carbon targets. The pandemic has caused a difficult economic situation but, today, our industry is setting out our shared ambition to create investment and jobs, accelerate carbon reduction, deliver consistent and excellent customer experiences and ultimately create smarter, more liveable cities across the country.”