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Gemserv celebrates Green Heat Network Fund milestone: Over £91 million awarded to decarbonise buildings across the country.

15th May, 2023

We are delighted to announce that seven exciting heat networks have received £91 million from the Government’s Green Heat Network Fund (GHNF).

In collaboration with the Department of Energy Security and Net Zero and our colleagues at Triple Point Heat Networks Investment Management, last week’s announcement is a milestone for Gemserv and showcases the incredible work we have been doing to drive carbon savings through high-quality heat network projects.

The GHNF provides grant support for the development of new and existing low and zero carbon heat networks in England, which will provide long-term sustainable and energy-efficient heating and hot water for residents, whilst helping to reduce consumer’s energy bills.

Gemserv is proud to lead on stakeholder engagement and application management for the project, this includes shouting about programme successes and supporting applicants throughout the application process. With GHNF Round 5 closing soon, we recommend that anyone looking to apply reaches out to our Application Management team as soon as possible.  To ensure a smooth journey for applicants, with our partner Instinctive BI part of Version 1, we have created a bespoke Application and Assessment Management System which ensures that all the project information is stored centrally and provides the assessment team with an easy way to review applications and ask clarifications. We’ve had some great feedback from applicants about the ease of uploading supporting evidence and the assessors have seen significant efficiencies meaning they have more time available to respond to queries. The system summarises information from the applications to allow us to track progress and will be used for monitoring and reporting as these projects move into commercialisation and construction phases. The team is looking forward to being able to share some of these insights with the market in the near future.

Today’s announcement is evidence of our commitment to grow the market for sustainable heating solutions, benefitting the environment, consumers, and the wider economy. A range of technologies will be deployed highlighting the versatility of heat networks and their applicability to any number of different use cases. The funding announced today will support a vast array of low carbon technologies including waste heat extraction, ground source and air source heat pumps as well as the UK’s first deep geothermal project.

Each of the networks have been designed to address sustainable, low-carbon transitions at a local level, supporting communities and businesses and creating jobs, whilst collectively driving the UK towards its 2050 net zero target.

Samantha Shea, Head of  Policy Insights and Engagement, said:

“We are so proud to be playing a part in the low carbon transition and the growth of the heat network sector. We have worked with the Department for a number of years and this huge announcement highlights how far we have come. It showcases some really exciting schemes which I hope will help inspire others to consider the technology. Congratulations to everyone involved – I can’t wait to see how the projects develop.”


Notes to editors:

For all media enquiries, please contact: comms@tp-heatnetworks.org.

The Green Heat Network Fund (GHNF) is a £288m capital grant fund that opened to applicants in March 2022 and is anticipated to run to 2025. It will provide support to organisations in the public, private, and third sectors in England. The GHNF is a key part of plans to reduce carbon emissions from heating homes and businesses by 2050. It replaced the Heat Networks Investment Project (HNIP) scheme which closed for applications in January 2022. In contrast to the HNIP scheme, the GHNF scheme will only fund heat network projects where there is a low-carbon heat source.

The GHNF will be delivered by Triple Point Heat Networks Investment Management. Led by Triple Point Investment Management LLP, the Delivery Partner team is comprised of the following organisations: Triple Point Investment Management LLP, AECOM Ltd, Amberside Advisers Ltd, Gemserv Ltd, Lux Nova Partners Ltd and Asteros Advisors Ltd. Triple Point Heat Networks Investment Management also supports the Heat Networks Investment Project (HNIP) and the BHIVE.

Gemserv is also the delivery partner for the Heat Network Efficiency Scheme which provides funding to public, private and third sector applicants in England and Wales to support improvements to existing district heating or communal heating projects that are operating sub-optimally and resulting in poor outcomes for customers and operators. Our team continues to deliver the Heat Networks Investment Project showcasing funded heat networks across England and Wales and our technical and governance experts work with Fairheat in the development of the Heat Network Technical Assurance Scheme on behalf of the Department for Energy Security and Net Zero.

For more information about Triple Point Heat Networks Investment Management, applying for GHNF support, successful projects under GHNF and HNIP, and BHIVE, visit: www.tp-heatnetworks.org.

A high-level summary of GHNF and the application guidance can be found here.

For further information about the scheme and to join the TP Heat Networks mailing list to receive updates, please contact us: enquiries@tp-heatnetworks.org

 

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Samantha Shea

Head of Policy Insights and Engagement

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