District heating and cooling

We provide independent advice and expertise to public bodies, local authorities and developers that want to implement district heating and cooling projects.

What is a district heating/cooling system? 

DHC systems involve the distribution of heat and cooling from a central source to multiple buildings via a network of underground pipes. They are a cost-effective way to reduce carbon emissions and enable local authorities to play a more active role in the delivery of local energy. 

Our approach 

We support projects through each stage of the development process, from concept to delivery, acting as both project manager and delivery consultant. We help our clients to; determine their role in the delivery of DHC schemes; de-risk the investment opportunity; shape a project that delivers local benefit and build stakeholder support that leads to the project reaching financial close. Our team consists of industry-leading experts with 20+ years’ experience in developing DHC projects worldwide.  

Why Carbon Trust? 

Carbon Trust is one of the UK's leading advisors on district heating and cooling (DHC), with a long track record of supporting schemes through the development cycle to financial close. We have successfully delivered more than 70 local authority-led schemes since 2012. We also work internationally, most notably on district cooling assessments in India and Malaysia.

How we can help 

Here are just some of the ways we can support your project. Get in touch to discuss your exact project and requirements.

Project management  
We deliver hands-on project management, supporting our clients to drive projects through the development cycle, ranging from a ‘critical friend’ role, through to seconded project management. We take responsibility for the development of business cases, project reporting, stakeholder engagement and the procurement and management of contractors.

Stakeholder engagement 
We engage with your key internal and external stakeholders to secure buy-in and reduce project risk, using our best practice approach which has been tested and modified across many successful projects. 

Financial modelling 
We develop robust, easy-to-use financial models that aid decision-making and commercial negotiations, and support our clients to secure capital funding. We also advise on financing options, business models, procurement routes and governance structures.

Planning policy  
We advise on the design and use of planning policy to enable the long-term growth of DHC infrastructure. This includes policy advice, drafting and amending policies, training planners on policy implementation, supporting in energy statement evaluations and developer negotiations. 

Technical advice 
We deliver techno-economic assessments to compare options and understand the viability of DHC schemes. We also provide technical quality assurance of outputs from technical consultants throughout the project lifecycle. 

Verification of carbon savings 
Our Certified Measurement & Verification Professionals (CMVP) assess and verify the energy and carbon savings from existing and planned DHC schemes, providing our clients with independent assurance of network performance.  

Find out more and speak to one of our experts

Get in touch to discuss the best solution for your business and how we can help you achieve your sustainability goals.