Heat Decarbonisation Plan

Heat Decarbonisation Plan

A Heat Decarbonisation Plan (HDP) outlines a route map for how the reliance on fossil fuelled heating systems in a building can be replaced with low carbon alternatives, such as Air Source Heat Pumps, Ground Source Heat Pumps and connectivity to District Heat Networks. A HDP is intended to assist organisations to understand how they can plan ahead to decarbonise their buildings and work towards Net Zero Carbon.

What is a Heat Decarbonisation Plan?

A Heat Decarbonisation Plan is intended to provide an organisation with a route map of enabling work and projects that facilitate the implementation of low carbon heating solutions. An HDP typically follows this structure:

  • Scope, Purpose, and Introduction
  • Baseline Status: baseline of the buildings, including energy profiles; metering arrangements; heating and electrical demand and existing heating technologies within the building.
  • Current and Pipeline Works Assessment: an overview of current and pipeline projects with an assessment of their impact on decarbonisation of the building.
  • Plans for the Sites: future changes to the site that might impact on future heating and electrical demand requirements. Assessment of site-specific conditions that might impact heat decarbonisation solutions, such as planning restrictions or planned changes in site use.
  • Heat Networks and Opportunities Onsite: technical assessment of heat and electrical decarbonisation opportunities and modelling of their expected impact on the carbon emissions profile of the building pre and post implementation. This includes an assessment of feasibility of Heat Pumps (Air/Ground/Water) and District Heat Network connectivity.
  • Route Map: assessment of implementation options and scenarios for decarbonisation of heat, with focus on challenges, solutions and enabling projects. Alignment with Net Zero Carbon target and Route Map can also be assessed.

Heat Decarbonisation Plans and the Public Sector Decarbonisation Scheme

Successful applicants of the Public Sector Decarbonisation Scheme (PSDS) may be required to produce a Heat Decarbonisation Plan. A HDP will be required if grant funding has been allocated for decarbonisation projects that are not directly reducing carbon emissions from heating, for example energy efficiency projects such as LED upgrades or renewables projects such as Solar PV.

How can GEP Environmental help you?

As a low carbon consultancy specialising in low and net zero carbon projects, GEP Environmental are available to undertake consultancy to identify and develop low carbon and energy efficient heat upgrade projects, provide project development support, assist with grant applications and develop Heat Decarbonisation Plans.

We can work with you to develop a HDP that meets the requirements of Grant funding, such as the PSDS, but more importantly develops a HDP that is useful for your organisation and supports its wider Net Zero Carbon programme.

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