South Yorkshire is making bold steps towards a cleaner energy future. Indeed, the South Yorkshire Mayoral Combined Authority is committed to achieving net-zero carbon emissions in the region by 2040, ten years ahead of the UK government’s target.
Heat decarbonisation has a critical role to play in hitting that target. This means it will be imperative for local businesses and communities to engage and collaborate with local councils and energy enterprises to navigate connecting to heat zones and, where applicable, take a whole-building approach to reduce heat emissions. From 2025, the Sheffield heat zones will be implemented under the Energy Act 2023, which will see businesses and public sector buildings mandated to connect to district heating networks within the city. This will also include a requirement for businesses with waste heat to supply district heating networks, and operators of these networks are to be regulated by Ofgem.