Vattenfall plans to decarbonise heating

Vattenfall is planning to decarbonise urban buildings in Edinburgh and, with its partner Midlothian Council and local authorities in both cities, distribute clean heat to domestic and commercial customers in both cities.

Vattenfall’s launch follows the Scottish Government’s announcement of the £300m Heat Networks Fund and today’s announcement of the Heat Network Action Plan (HNAP).

Vattenfall plans to build the heat network in phases, working multi-laterally through collaborations with heat suppliers and customers, connecting existing and new homes and businesses to low and zero-carbon heat sources. Vattenfall already has a collaboration agreement in place with energy from waste specialists Viridor, and the possibility of harnessing heat from Viridor’s Glasgow Recycling and Renewable Energy Centre (GRREC) is being explored. The Glasgow network aims to serve the equivalent of 450,0002 homes by 2050.

Vattenfall’s modelling suggests the heat networks in Glasgow and Edinburgh could reduce emissions by up to 90 per cent in comparison to individual gas boilers fitted in every home. Over a 20-year period, a heat network serving the equivalent of 620,000 homes could save 900,0007 tonnes of CO2 emissions when compared to a current gas boiler solution.

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