Why do we need heat networks?
Climate change is one of the biggest challenges we face. In response to the climate emergency Bristol has committed to becoming a carbon neutral city. Heat networks help us decarbonise how we heat our homes and businesses by replacing fossil fuels with low carbon sources such as energy from waste plants and heat pumps.
Our plans to expand the Bristol Heat Network
Bristol City Leap will develop and expand the heat network to the greatest extent possible whilst ensuring that it offers fair value to customers and supports the overall decarbonisation plans for the city.
These works form part of a major programme of infrastructure investment and we’re minimising disruption by combining the installation of heat pipes with other major developments like planned road works, new commercial developments and the installation of fibre optic broadband in the city.
There are currently two city centre heat networks in operation at Redcliffe and Old Market, with a third under construction in Bedminster. These networks already supply over 15GWh of heat per year across 14 operational connections.
Vattenfall Heat UK will commence construction and then seek to develop and expand heat network areas. Ultimately, our intention is to create a single interconnected, city-wide Bristol Heat Network.
The map below shows areas in the city for heat networks to be delivered and expanded up to the year 2027.