Heating accounts for 45% of energy use in the UK – the largest single user of energy. Similarly, heating accounts for 30% of UK carbon emissions.
Renewable heat can be produced from a variety of sources, such as geothermal or ground-source heat pumps, biogas boilers, and good quality Combined Heat and Power (CHP) generators run on natural gas. The heat is then distributed locally through steam or hot water pipes to the surrounding commercial and residential community.
In our commitment to maximise the production of renewable energy, Low Carbon is investing in CHP as a key element of our renewable energy portfolio.
Combined heat and power (CHP) is a process that cost effectively captures the heat produced in electricity generation and distributes this heat to local homes and businesses. Not only can CHP help to reduce energy usage and bills, it can also reduce carbon emissions by up to 30% when compared to conventional generation.
Energy Networks Europe
A key partner in Low Carbon’s district heating portfolio is Energy Networks Europe (ENE). ENE is a developer, funder and operator of community heat & power networks. ENE take a unique approach to energy projects by combining their energy and real estate experience to deliver fit for purpose solutions which provide long term, secure, cost effective, efficient and low carbon energy to large consumers and communities. ENE considers all stakeholders in its projects designs by treating all developments as combined energy and real estate projects. With an identified pipeline of circa 100MW, the firm is making a strong contribution to Low Carbon’s efforts of mitigating the negative effects of climate change.