Heat network zoning consultation

Closed 19 Nov 2021

Opened 8 Oct 2021


In this consultation we are seeking views on our proposed approach to deliver heat network zoning in England to inform primary legislation.

Our proposals envisage central and local government working together with industry and local stakeholders to identify and designate areas within which heat networks are the lowest cost, low carbon solution for decarbonising heating. This will help heat network developers to accelerate deployment of heat networks where they are most appropriate and deliver their contribution to our net zero commitments. We ask questions throughout the consultation to gather views on aspects of the policy including the zoning process, the methodology for identifying and designating zones, the delivery of networks within zones, review periods and interactions with wider policies. In some areas our questions are specific to reflect our preferred approach. In other areas, questions are more open to gather stakeholder views and further evidence


  • Anyone from any background


  • Consumer rights
  • Regulation and red tape
  • Industrial strategy
  • Fuel poverty
  • Saving energy
  • Distributed energy and heat
  • Energy and climate change
  • Energy efficiency
  • Housing