Heat Network Support Unit


Heat networks are a key strategic technology for reducing emissions from heating our homes and buildings. There are significant challenges at the pre-capital stage of heat network project development in Scotland, such as a lack of skills, knowledge and resource. The Heat Network Support Unit is designed to help overcome these challenges and rapidly develop the heat network pipeline.

We work with the public sector to identify, support and develop heat network projects to capital readiness through expert advice and grant funding. We also build capacity and expertise across the public (and private) sector in Scotland to develop and run successful heat networks.

The Heat Network Support Unit is part of the Scottish National Public Energy Agency and its Centre of Expertise.


We can offer support and expertise on:

  • interpreting the Local Heat and Energy Efficiency Strategy and available resources towards potential heat network area designation (e.g. FNA)
  • developing detailed feasibility studies and Outline Business Cases (OBC) by providing guidance and steering
  • advisor procurement and best practice during the commercialisation stage

We can offer grant funding towards:

  • developing feasibility studies and Outline Business Cases
  • procurement of technical, financial and legal advisors

We are also active in:

  • project identification, aggregation and stakeholder engagement
  • working group management and stakeholder workshops
  • policy linkage and review


The Heat Network Support Unit is sponsored by the Scottish Government, with Scottish Futures Trust and Zero Waste Scotland as core partners.