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Putting Low Carbon Heating on the Map

At the end of March, DECC celebrated the launch of its Heat Strategy, and alongside it we launched a new, state of the art, National Heat Map.

The National Heat Map is a unique device that gives people reliable information about where heat networks are technically possible.  It is the only map covering the whole of England that is accurate at all zooms, and gets more and more precise the more you zero in on a location.  We think this will be a great help for local authorities in deciding where their priority areas are – it underpins feasibility studies by enhancing precision and most importantly it reduces public spending at a local level. 

The Heat Strategy shows how important it is to reduce emissions from heating and reduce our bills.  In dense areas like city centres district heating can be the best way to do that, but heat networks are hard to build, and planners need to know where to look.

To address this problem, the map uses a groundbreaking model and unparalleled data to make it the most accurate and precise of its kind.  It also brings local areas together to find cross-border opportunities in a way that has never been done before.  The map is equipped with a range of tools to help developers and planners identify priority areas for low carbon heat projects.  Local authorities will be able to use the map as the starting point to develop detailed Energy Master Plans, to inform distributed energy policies and climate change strategies. 

I’d love to hear any and all opinions on the map. Email me at

Filed under: Low carbon, Saving energy

Comments: 7 Comments on Putting Low Carbon Heating on the Map
Posted on: Apr 11 2012

7 Responses to “Putting Low Carbon Heating on the Map”

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  2. Steve Roberts says:

    It would be really useful if you could overlay somehting showing which streets were not on the mains gas network. Off-gas areas are most likely to experience fuel poverty and big carbon savings can come from replacing old oil/LPG boilers and electric storage heaters that many still use.

  3. John Edwards says:

    It would be difficult to think of a better job creation scheme than the solar PV industry that this government has all but destroyed. Thousands of electricians have spent their own money on training and equipment. Similar numbers of young people would have been employed as apprentices. No government expenditure involved. Useful clean energy with a long life expectancy for the solar pannels. I could go on.
    The Feed In Tariff could have been linked to the falling cost of instillation and not reduced to a level, which will choke off demand almost completely.
    I have seen the new map, looks like Google Earth with a population density layer to me. If you believe -‘Local authorities will be able to use the map as the starting point to develop detailed Energy Master Plans, to inform distributed energy policies and climate change strategies’ – then you must be looking from affar!

  4. ANGELA SMART says:

    I agree with helping the environment, but we recently bought a new house on a development in fetterangus in Aberdeenshire. the air source heating is
    has been put in on the whole estate. many people are furious about the huge
    increase in their electric bill, and the fact that the whole system shuts down if it is too cold. luckily my home hasnt finished being built, but I am concerned about all of this. It would be better if you environmentalally oriented people looked into the cost to the consumer,
    and consider the reactions people have on the developers that cant sell their houses because news gets round that this system does have problems.having said that, I agree this has to happen to save the environment.I am environmentally friendly to the environment myself. I just thought you maybe could bring this into your thinking.

    • Ethan Wadsworth says:

      There should be an independent body that controls full and thorough research into on nonsense ways of improving energy efficiency. Its been proven that up to 25% saving can be had just by simply changing behaviour.

      I would prefer the government write off the RHI scheme rather than continually moving it further and further into the future. By putting a date on it, they are stalling the industry and very few home owners are commiting to installing renewable technologies because they can always wait another year.

      As an after thought, the SAP calculation used to calculate repayments on the Green Deal are massively flawed as they dont consider comfort levels and heat distribution. Hence why Angela’s comments below are so apt; if the emitter isn’t doing its job, ulitmately the heat pump is blamed reducing confidence in renewable technology as a whole.

      Angela, what is the heat emitter in the properties in Fetterangus? are they big radiators, underfloor heating?

  5. Martin Fellerman says:

    This is a typical empty promise made by a Government who has refused to introduce the Renewable Heat Incentive when promised to domestic property, but continues to fart about with delaying tactics.

    The PM was on the news last night celebrating how the negotiations with Japan is going to create about 1000 new jobs in the UK!!! BIG DEAL!!! What about the 20,000 jobs being lost in the Solar Industry through the lack of support for an industry which was growing until Barker & Co decimated it!

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