Are Rural Community Heating Networks Sustainable? What lessons can be learnt?



📅 When: 7th December 2022

📍 Where: Online

💡 Event organised by Cambridge Cleantech

🎫 Free for members


What were the key challenges and benefits from the Swaffham Prior Heat Network project? Meet the key players: Bouygues, the Cambridgeshire County Council, Bioregional, and more to learn from their initiatives.

Swaffham Prior has led the way in the UK, to be the first village to develop a rural heat network. The mix of air source and ground source heat pumps have capacity to supply 1.7MW of heat to 300 homes located in Swaffham Prior.


The Swaffham Prior Heat Network project was started by Swaffham Prior Community Land Trust, to address fuel poverty and local environmental issues caused by the village’s reliance on oil heating.


The heat network predominantly serve older housing, with there being few non-domestic properties within Swaffham Prior. The majority of the newer housing is to the north east and slightly separated from the village and has not be considered for connection due to low heat loads, nearly new boilers / ASHP and the extra distance from the energy centre.


Cambridge Cleantech and pjb Associates are once again teaming up to bring you the best of cleantech in order to achieve sustainable homes.

AGENDA: Are Rural Community Heating Networks Sustainable? What lessons can be learnt from Swaffham Prior?


16:00 Welcome Auriane Cirasuolo, Cambridge Cleantech
16:05 Introduction:

Clean Innovations for improving the Energy Efficiency of Homes

Peter Bates, pjb Associates – webinar facilitator
16:10 How it all started


Emma Fletcher, Swaffham Prior Community Land Trust


16:15 Scaling up Swaffham Prior: Opportunities and challenges for decarbonising the UK’s rural towns and villages James Sheldon Senior Project Manager, Bioregional
16:25 County’s perspective Sherill French  Programme Director, Mobilising Action on Climate Change and Local Energy Investment, Cambridgeshire County Council
16:35 Project: From design to implementation Miles Messenger, Energy Engineering Director at Bouygues Energies & Services UK
16:45 Homeowner’s perspective on being connected. Mike Barker, homeowner




16:55 Rural Heat Networks – an international perspective John Tang Jensen, Senior Policy Adviser, Clean Heat Directorate, BEIS (seconded from Danish Government to UK Government)


Panel Discussion


 Chaired by Peter Bates and Auriane Cirasuolo, Q&A from participants