The commitment of the UK towards reducing CO2 emissions from heating systems takes the form of the Heat Network Investment Project (HNIP).
The Government allocated £320 million in 2017 for consultancy fees to increase the use of district heating in its HNIP. A pilot scheme is currently in force, open only to local authorities, but full implementation is planned by the end of the year. These funds could incentivise the use of heat produced by biogas plants, which is not yet exploited. Bringing enormous benefits for the local communities.
District heating (DH) provided by a central heating system offers a number of short- and long-term economic and technical advantages. Like eliminating or greatly reducing many of the operating, maintenance and capital costs associated with boilers in individual buildings. Finally it reduces the fire risk to the buildings and the risk of pollution to air, soil and water. Furthermore it provides a reliable and low-cost green energy source for space heating and cooling. District heating also attracts renewable heat incentives and provides a low-cost heat energy (or cooling) source for industrial processes. Last but not the least DH saves over 60% on carbon emissions on heating compared to emissions from gas boilers.