Net-Zero Carbon Heating
In a new guide to decarbonisation sponsored by Centrica, Edie explains "Net-Zero Carbon Heating".
The guide shows how far the owner of British Gas has advanced in not only recognising, but also promoting heat pumps as the answer to the UK achieving Net-Zero carbon heating.
You can read the whole guide but the main thrust of it can be summarised by these direct quotes:
- The UK has made great strides in decarbonising electricity and transport, but the shift to net-zero carbon heating is still at an early stage
- The Climate Change Committee has expressed concern that, more than 10 years after the Climate Change Act was passed, there is still no serious plan for decarbonising UK heating systems
- Heating is the UK's biggest source of emissions, accounting for about 37% of total emissions when including industrial processes
- As we head towards 2050, heat pumps could enable the UK to completely decarbonise heat, alongside the decarbonisation of electricity generation
- Ground source heat pumps can use thermal boreholes as a heat source for a year-round predictable source of stable temperature heat
- Boreholes can also be used to store heat in the ground during the hotter months for drawing off during the colder months
- There are around 17,000 district heating networks established across the UK, and nearly half a million connections to them
- It is not yet clear how and where hydrogen will be produced and consumed, how it will be transported, or when a hydrogen transition could even begin
- Because the future of hydrogen is so uncertain, it cannot currently be considered a reliable way to decarbonise heat.
You can download the full guide here (if you are happy to release your contact email).
See also Fiscal Background: UK energy prices