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Report 24 March 2021

Heat Network Skills Initiative 2021

Completed in March 2021, this subsequent report provides an in-depth analysis of the approach and methodology in developing the courses, in addition to highlighting recommendations for next steps to stimulate the growth of the sector. This work was funded by the Scottish Government to support the development of the sector in Scotland alongside the Heat Networks (Scotland) Bill, which officially became law on 30 March 2021. This bill aims to accelerate the rollout of heat networks by creating a new licencing system, new rights for heat networks developers and a new consent system, which in turn can increase investor, consumer and supply chain certainty, as well as building trust in the sector. The sector is expected to create new demands on the supply chains needed to design, install, commission and maintain these networks.

Next steps

Energy Saving Trust, working with the Scottish Government, continues to work on ensuring these four courses are running in the next academic year 2021-22.


If you have any comments or questions about this work, please email

UK Government heat network skills review

In parallel to the report published for Scotland, the UK Government through the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) published a report on the heat network skills review this September.

The Scottish Government worked with BEIS to ensure coordination of heat network skills at a Scottish and a UK level.

Further details on this report can be found here.

Last updated: 26 January 2022