Heat networks: building a market framework

Closed 1 Jun 2020

Opened 6 Feb 2020


Extension to consultation end date

In the light of COVID-19, we are extending the consultation period to give people more time to respond. 

The Government is committed to achieving net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. Meeting this legal commitment will require virtually all heat in buildings to be decarbonised, and heat in industry to be reduced to close to zero carbon emissions. 

Heat networks are a crucial aspect of the path towards decarbonising heat. In the right circumstances, they can reduce bills, support local regeneration and can be a cost-effective way of reducing carbon emissions from heating.

In this consultation we set out our proposals to drive forward low-carbon heat networks’ growth in a regulatory framework that protects consumers and ensures fair pricing.

What Happens Next

 We will use the responses we receive to help us refine our policy proposals, and we will continue to discuss emerging issues with stakeholders. We will consult further in 2020 on any significant changes to our proposals or new issues if required.


  • SMEs (small and medium businesses)
  • Large businesses (over 250 staff)
  • Multinational businesses
  • Trade bodies
  • Medium business (50 to 250 staff)
  • Micro business (up to 9 staff)
  • Small business (10 to 49 staff)
  • Low carbon technologies
  • Construction
  • Investment
  • Consumer organisations
  • Consumers
  • Consumers
  • Local government
  • Regulator
  • The Devolved Administrations


  • Economic growth
  • Consumer rights
  • Distributed energy and heat
  • Renewable energy
  • Energy and climate change
  • Housing
  • Distributed energy and heat
  • Renewable energy
  • Energy and climate change
  • Housing
  • Carbon budgets
  • Climate change
  • Regulation
  • Growth
  • Investment