The project in a nutshell
CommuniHeat is a partnership to develop a roadmap to enable rural communities to switch to low-carbon heating in a way that ensures comfort, affordability and a smooth transition.
In our race against climate change, it’s vital we all understand the most efficient, reliable and effective way rural communities can transition to low-carbon heating in preparation for net zero carbon emission by 2050.
CommuniHeat will write the book on how communities can achieve this transition over the next 10 years so we can share our learning with other off gas villages throughout the UK.
What does this mean for the future of energy?
Net zero carbon emissions by 2050
Fossil-fuel based heating accounts for around a third of UK carbon emissions (domestic heat contributes 18%), making decarbonising heat a vital part of the UK’s legally-binding commitment to reaching net zero carbon emissions by 2050.
Working in partnership
CommuniHeat is a partnership between the people of Barcombe, community energy group Ovesco, engineering practice Buro Happold and electricity distributor UK Power Networks to develop the roadmap which aims to understand the optimal way for rural communities to switch to low-carbon heating. On this project Community Energy South is providing expert advice for the Partners on behaviour change, strategic communications and best practice.
Planned vs unplanned transition to low-carbon heating
In our race against climate change, it’s vital we all understand the pros and cons of a planned transition to low-carbon heating versus the unplanned approach by individuals. CommuniHeat aims to give us the roadmap for rural communities to follow over the next 10 years so that we can reach net zero carbon emissions by 2050.
A model of local ownership and resilience
CommuniHeat will enable the people of Barcombe to become one of the first rural communities to simulate how they could take real ownership of their energy, switch to low-carbon heating, develop much greater resilience and provide the model for other rural communities to follow.
Achievable, affordable, inclusive and comfortable
CommuniHeat aims to work with the people of Barcombe to ensure the roadmap to low-carbon heating will be achievable, affordable, inclusive and comfortable for all.
Barcombe set to become first net zero village
CommuniHeat’s ambition is for Barcombe to become the first Net Zero village in the UK, and this modelling exercise over the next 12 months is the first step towards achieving that goal.
Do you live in Barcombe?
CommuniHeat will map local energy use to create a roadmap to low-carbon heating that will help us achieve net zero carbon emissions.
If you live in Barcombe, there are two ways you can get involved.
This could work in my community too…
Barcombe is CommuniHeat’s pilot ptoject and a model for other rural communities.
What if yours were one of them?
Could CommuniHeat work in your community?
Your data will be safely stored. We will only use your contact details to get in touch should there be any developments in your area or to answer your query.
Latest news & insights
A Sussex village could hold one of the keys to helping the UK reach net zero carbon emissions by 2050. Residents in Barcombe, East Sussex, are helping their local electricity network operator to create a model roadmap for ‘greener’ home heating that will in time show the way for other communities to follow suit.
We’ve put together a robust Covid-19 policy that follows official advice, and our local Energy Champions and residents have been issued with guidance for home visits.
We’ve had a busy month at Ovesco! Since December’s piece in Barcombe News, dozens of residents have got in touch wanting to get involved with CommuniHeat. Many of you have kindly given us permission to install energy-use monitors and conduct energy-use surveys within your homes.