Yes, the Swedish heat networks model can work in the UK

- With some adaptions to the contextual conditions of course. That was the overall conclusion of the well-attended evening seminar and panel with CIBSE CHP-DH group members at the Embassy of Sweden. Some of the topics discussed during the evening were typical technical characteristics of networks in Sweden, the customer interaction and efficiency of the system and risk management. Below are some of the key findings from the evening as well as downloadable presentations held by our expert panel.

Key issues addressed during the Swedish district heating seminar were:
  • A procurement framework of joint local authorities could significantly reduce the risk of investing and operating heat network systems
  • Important to spread as much knowledge as we can so designers know what to consider and local authority officers know what they are buying
  • Technical:
    • Capacity – ownership of heat exchanger substations
    • Reliability – importance and value of leak detection system, stakeholder management for network route, check contractors and certifications
  • Throughout a heat network project, there are risk management activities to include at every stage
    • Quantification is key
    • Risk management will keep the projects within time frame and budget

We look forward to our next seminar to be held later this year with a topic to be confirmed. Your input on issues you wish to be taken up is always welcome – contact us for further discussions.


Sweden is at the forefront of decentralised heat networks technology. Our aim for  “Heat Networks – Sustainability by Sweden” is to facilitate knowledge sharing between British and Swedish stakeholders and develop and encourage environmental and economic best practice.

To find out how we can help you and your organisation,  please  contact our London-based “Heat Networks” team. We can introduce you to leading consultants, suppliers of technology and services who will be pleased to share know-how of the development of heat network solutions.


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