Find out more about Innovate UK's Net Zero Heat programme

Posted on: 07/09/2022

Innovate UK’s Net Zero Heat programme will work with key partners to overcome barriers to enable a faster roll-out of decarbonised heat for buildings.

The UK has to move away from gas as a source of heating space and water in buildings to meet its net zero commitments. Heat in buildings accounts for 23% of UK emissions. To meet the 6th Carbon Budget the UK needs to decarbonise heat for its 30 million buildings. This will be achieved by a combination of reducing demand and a faster, scaled roll out of renewable heating technology. There will be a net benefit to the economy from scaling these solutions faster than other countries alongside greater energy security, lower energy bills, healthier indoor environments and reduced fuel poverty.

The technology to deliver net zero heat mostly exists but has not scaled and industrialised fully due to system barriers such as a lack of information for end users, engineering expertise to industrialise, inconsistent regional deployment and a lack of project finance.

Innovate UK’s Net Zero Heat programme will work with key partners to overcome these barriers to enable a faster roll-out of decarbonised heat for buildings. The programme will focus on:

  • Market Demand coordinating standardised information on what net zero heat renovation to do where, when for maximum impact, and low-cost methods to rapidly validate performance.
  • Green finance to bridge the scaling gap leading to growth in supply chains and localised deployment alongside support for fast scaling companies to increase capacity and achieve accreditation.
  • Design engineering to reduce capital and installation cost across the system of net zero renovation (fabric and decarbonised heat technology, including installation) through cross-sector innovation (construction, high-value manufacturing, digital, robotics, design, energy).

To be kept informed of this programme as it develops and to be the first to hear about competitions and support opportunities as they open from us and our partners, please register your contact details here.

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