The UK Government published its Heat Strategy in March 2013. DECC wished to test proposals relating to district heating with the members of the Vanguards Network before publication. To this end the Vanguards met on Friday 15th February 2013, and were kindly hosted by Sheffield City Council at the Sheffield Town Hall.

The Workshop gave network members advance notice of the areas DECC proposes the Heat Strategy will address, and the opportunity to influence the final shape of policies. We reviewed the main proposals to provide feedback to DECC officers in order to inform the final policy. District energy extends across reserved and devolved energy policy matters, and input from both UK and Scottish governments was important in informing our discussions.

Main Topics addressed were:

Attendance was by invitation only: 60 delegates participated, representing 26 local authorities, UK and Scottish governments and agencies, two local authority owned ESCos, six commercial organisations and four academic institutions.

Thank you to our sponsors who supported the event: Carbon Trust, DECC, E.On, Powerpipe and UK Government Research Councils’ (RC-UK) Energy Programme.

The workshop report is below.

District Energy Vanguards Network meet to discuss UK Gov Heat Strategy

Heat and the City Response to Scottish Government’s “Local Energy Policy Statement: A Consultation”

Faye Wade, Margaret Tingey, Fabian Fuentes Gonzalez and Janette Webb ( 2019 )

Consultation response

DEVN: Heat Networks Planning for a Zero Carbon World HNIP & SPONSORS Slide Pack

Nick Good, Heat Networks Investment Project; Peter Russett, FVB District Energy UK; Andy Yuill, Natural Power; Ian Allan, Switch2 ( 2019 )


DEVN: Heat Networks Planning for a Zero Carbon World AFTERNOON Slide Pack

Rachel Coxcoon, CSE; Jon Selman, Plymouth City Council; Tony Norton, Howard Smith & Andy Wood, Exeter and East Devon; Andy Yuill, Natural Power; Josh Thumim, CSE ( 2019 )


DEVN: Heat Networks Planning for a Zero Carbon World MORNING Slide Pack

Paul Barker, Bristol City Council; Richard Lowes, Exeter University; Rufus Ford, Vattenfall; Jon Buick, Bristol City Council ( 2019 )


Heat and the City response to Energy Efficient Scotland March 2019 Consultation

Faye Wade, Janette Webb, Margaret Tingey and Henry Myers ( 2019 )

Consultation response

DEVN: Heat Networks The Road to Commercialisation MANCHESTER Slide Pack

( 2019 )


Meeting the strategic challenges of UK district heating: research briefing and practitioner resources

Ruth Bush, David Hawkey and Janette Webb ( 2019 )


DEVN: Heat Networks The Road to Commercialisation LONDON Slide Pack

( 2019 )


Working Paper: The problem of heat and its solution – dynamics of sustainable heat policy visions in the UK, Denmark and Germany

David Hawkey ( 2018 )

Working paper

District Heat Policy Options in the UK: Workshop report
Vanguards Network

David Hawkey ( 2013 )

Event report Report