In terms of sustainability, inefficiencies in the system, established during the design and development phase had direct and indirect impacts on the emissions of the scheme. However, SAP modelling of the case studies suggests that if installed to specification, DCCH schemes have the potential to considerably decrease CO2 emissions. Our research found that the majority of operational schemes could take some simple steps to enhance what’s in place to operate at a higher efficiency and realise potential CO2 savings, alleviate fuel poverty and improve tenants’ wellbeing. As one of Scotland’s largest environmental charities, we want to use our knowledge and experience to support owners and operators to improve their schemes and achieve their sustainability and affordability goals. If you think that your scheme could work more efficiently and may benefit from shared insight and advice, please get in touch. You can download the full research findings, policy and best practice recommendations, from the Changeworks’ website: changeworks.org.uk/resources/district-heating-delivering- affordable-and-sustainable-energy-report
In order to encourage and support SHPs the UK Government needs to further develop its support of organisations by creating and refining tools, guidance and training, and ensuring that these are accessible to SHPs and other stakeholders that need them. In addition, resources should be invested in improving the functionality of SAP to model DCCH systems to enable a fair comparison with alternative heating systems which would support the decision-making process. Affordability and sustainability Challenges associated with the development phase had resulted in a number of inefficiencies in the operational stage that had not been corrected in most schemes. This reduced efficiency would undoubtedly have an impact on the affordability and sustainability of schemes. Qualitative data collected through the case studies implied that in most cases SHPs and residents felt that their heating was affordable. Although this was largely anecdotal and unsupported by substantial empirical data due to a lack of monitoring and analysis. SHPs should ensure that they explain the concept of DCCH schemes to their residents and establish fair and transparent billing procedures and pricing structures based on dwelling level heat metering.
For further information please contact:
Changeworks Att.: Lauren Salmon, Researcher (Energy and Sustainability)
36 Newhaven Road Edinburgh, EH6 5PY
Phone: +44 131 468 8660 email@example.com
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