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Green Heat Network Fund: proposals for the scheme design

BEIS are seeking views on the design of the proposed Green Heat Network Fund (GHNF) scheme, a funding programme to help new and existing heat networks move to low and zero carbon technologies.
1 December 2020

Green Heat Network Fund: proposals for the scheme design

BEIS are seeking views on how they should design the proposed Green Heat Network Fund (GHNF) scheme. The GHNF is a capital grant funding programme which is intended to help new and existing heat networks to move to low and zero carbon technologies. Its objectives are to:

  • achieve carbon savings and decreases in carbon intensity of heat supplied
  • increase the total amount of low-carbon heat utilisation in heat networks (both retrofitted and new heat networks)
  • help prepare the market for future low-carbon regulation and ensure compliance with existing regulations (such as the Heat Network (Metering and Billing) Regulations, Heat Network Market Framework and the Future Homes Standard)

This consultation covers the major components of the scheme including:

  • the application criteria
  • the sources of thermal energy supported
  • the types of heat networks in scope and the eligibility criteria
  • finance and the supply chain

It considers delivery mechanisms, as well as processes to monitor benefits and long-term impacts of the scheme. BEIS will publish an Impact Assessment alongside the consultation shortly.

The consultation is open to everyone with an interest in this area. In particular, BEIS are keen to hear from:

  • heat network operators
  • energy companies and network operators
  • energy investors
  • organisations representing the heat/heat networks sectors
  • technology suppliers
  • consumers and consumer organisations
  • local authorities
  • housing associations and other social housing providers
  • property and housing developers
  • large businesses and SMEs
  • financial institutions
  • Energy Service Companies (ESCOs)
  • Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs)
  • Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs)
  • heavy heat users
  • academics

See the BEIS consultation privacy notice.

This consultation closes at