District heating schemes 1

Meeting: 
MQT on 2015-09-16
Session date: 
September 16, 2015
Reference: 
2015/2802
Question By: 
Andrew Dismore
Organisation: 
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor
Category: 

Question

Are you aware that  the current methodology for charging business rates on district heating schemes seriously threatens the continued growth of district heating schemes in London; and what can you do about it?

Answer

Answer for District heating schemes 1

Answer for District heating schemes 1

Answered By: 
The Mayor

I am aware of the burden placed on district heating schemes as a result of the current cost of business rates. This burden has increased over recent years as a result of land and construction values (upon which business rates for district heating infrastructure are calculated) increasing faster than the value of heat. The Association for Decentralised Energy, the industry body with whom GLA officers work on district heating matters, has put to HM Treasury proposals to correct the distortive effect of this burden and I will be monitoring progress on the issue.