Consultation opened for 2035 heat networks target

Close up of radiator heating control in a domestic setting
Sophie Law

The Scottish Government are seeking views on a proposed target relating to the combined supply of thermal energy through heat networks in Scotland in 2035. 

This consultation covers Scotland only and will allow people to have their say on affordable clean heat, supporting delivery of emission reduction and fuel poverty targets. The opportunity will also be used to ask an open question about any other issues relating to heat networks, to inform any future target considerations.

Scottish Ministers must lay a draft of a Scottish statutory instrument containing regulations specifying a 2035 target relating to the combined supply of thermal energy by heat networks in Scotland.

The 2021 Act sets targets for the combined supply of thermal energy by heat networks, requiring this to reach 2.6 Terawatt hours (TWh) of output by 2027, and 6 TWh of output by 2030.  These figures equate to approximately 3% and 8% of current non-electrical heat demand respectively.

Consulting on a 2035 target is one of the actions set out in the Heat Networks Delivery Plan, which sits within the context of wider heat decarbonisation policy, in particular, the Heat in Buildings Strategy. 

Submit your views before the deadline on 11th March at: 2035 target for the amount of heat to be supplied by heat networks - Scottish Government - Citizen Space (