Funding Available – Industrial Heat Recovery Support

IHRS Programme

There is up to £18m of grant funding available to support the uptake of industrial heat recovery projects which will be allocated through a competitive process. Assessments will be carried out between 28th December 2018 and 30th September 2019.

This programme includes grant funding for feasibility studies, preliminary engineering, detailed design and capital delivery or all of the above.


The Programme will support the recovery of heat which meets the following criteria:

  • The heat should be generated in or for an existing industrial process but is currently emitted to the environment once utilised.
  • The heat should be recovered via an appropriate heat recovery technology and used in one of the following ways:
    • Immediate use on-site
    • Use off-site
    • Conversion to electrical or mechanical power
  • Funding cannot be used to support capital delivery of new build plant.
    • Heat recovery must be retrofit solutions on existing plant.
    • Similarly, new CHP installations are not eligible, however retrofit upgrade of power generating stations into CHP systems are eligible.
  • The proposed user of the recovered heat or energy must be existing and in place.

Project Stages Applicable for Funding

Projects are split into 2 phases and you can apply for either phase;

  • Phase 1 application – feasibility and/or preliminary engineering
  • Phase 2 application – project implementation

Maximum Funding Amounts

The combined maximum grant allocation for each Project’s feasibility study, preliminary engineering and detailed design, is up to 50% and shall not exceed £450,000. The maximum grant allocation for each Project’s capital delivery is up to 30% and shall not exceed £1,500,000. There are SME uplifts available.

Further Information

Carbon Architecture can provide assistance in the application and delivery of projects covered by this funding. If you would like any further information or advice please contact Tim Roebuck (, or Emma Scott (

About Dan Jackson

Dan Jackson is a process and sustainability consultant. He has experience in helping clients reduce energy and cost in the NHS and across the hospitality supply chain, from breweries to pubs.