Encourage investment in district heating through regulation, industry groups and politicians urge Scottish government. The new Scottish government should bring in regulations to encourage investment in district heating, a group of businesses, politicians and civil society groups said today. The minority SNP government should take advantage of the opportunity of the Warm Homes Act’s cross-party support to promote district heating, according to the groups, which include Environmental group WWF Scotland, the University of Edinburgh, heatpump manufacturer Star Renewable Energy and cross-party MSPs. The call follows a report published in March by government advisers that recommended local authorities should be required to develop and publish a strategic plan for developing district heating in their area. The report said a deployment of dist rict heating “would make a significant contribution to implementation [….] of the Scottish government’s key priorities in carbon reduction, fuel poverty, energy efficiency and economic development”. Dr Sam Gardner, head of policy at WWF Scotland, said while just one per cent of Scotland’s heat demand is currently supplied by district heating, research suggests this needs to jump to 40 per cent by 2030 in order for Scotland to meet its climate targets.
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