New 'central heating for cities' funding

The first part of a government £320 million fund has been released, to upgrade heating in towns and cities to supply low carbon and recycled heat.

Popular across Scandinavia, heat networks have the potential to reduce heating costs by more than 30 per cent, allowing cities to recycle the wasted heat they produce from places like factories, power stations and even the London Underground and pump it into homes and businesses to keep them warm.

The £320 million scheme will run over five years and further instalments of funding will be released in due course to build low carbon heating systems across England and Wales.

Baroness Neville-Rolfe, Minister of State for Energy, said: “Heat networks can significantly improve the efficiency with which heat is provided to our towns and cities, as well as helping to develop local infrastructure and reduce carbon.

“The new scheme will help us to develop viable reforms to make the most of the heat we produce and use it effectively to bring bills down for people across the country.”

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