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Low carbon heat

Discover how district heating can lower carbon emissions, cut costs and assist in addressing fuel poverty.


Heating and cooling Scotland's buildings accounts for over 50% of our total energy consumption. Low carbon heat encompasses a range of technologies and innovations that will transform the way we heat our buildings as well as minimising our dependency on fossil fuel. There are low carbon solutions for all contexts, including residential, business and industrial heat demand. Examples include district heating supplied by low carbon heat technologies and recovering industrial waste heat for re-use. For more information, contact us at LowCarbonHeat@zerowastescotland.org.uk.

District heating

District heating replaces the traditional individual heat source per building model with a shared resource that distributes hot water through a network of underground pipes. Heat networks can range in size from a small group of buildings to a whole town or city. Such systems deliver a number of benefits including:

  • Reduced CO2 emissions
  • Cheaper heat – helping to alleviate fuel poverty
  • Future-proofing your organisation from energy scarcity and potentially escalating prices

A district heating project is a huge investment of time and money, and you want to go into it fully equipped with the facts and figures.

The District Heating Scotland website www.districtheatingscotland.com offers advice on costs and technologies as well as a range resources such as guidance documents and case-studies. It will also keep you up-to-date with the latest news on funding opportunities and networking opportunities at low carbon related events.

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