District heating can play a key role in improving energy efficiency and reducing emissions. Given that end-users are supplied with heat rather than fuel, district heating networks can offer flexibility in fuel choice, and the ability to adapt to changes in the economic and policy landscape that may see different combinations of energy resources used at different times over the lifetime of a district heating network.
District heating currently accounts for a very small share of the Irish heating sector, estimated to be significantly less than 1%; representing one of the lowest shares of district heating in Europe.
The Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment held a consultation seeking views in relation to a policy framework for the development of district heating.
This consultation will inform the direction the policy framework will take and the future development of district heating in Ireland.
The closing date for submissions was 5pm on Friday, 28 February 2020.
A total of eighteen submissions were received and are published below. These submissions will now be considered and will inform the direction the policy framework will take and the future development of district heating in Ireland. Completion of the policy framework is planned by end 2020.