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UK heat decarbonisation pathway outlined

Michael Brown Year in Industry

Over the last couple of months, there has been considerable interest in potential pathways for decarbonising GB’s heat network. The government and experts have investigated how to make heat networks more widespread, with a case made for heat from hydrogen by the Committee on Climate Change (CCC). Introducing regulation Heat production in the UK currently accounts for around a third of carbon emissions. It has been identified as a sector capable of major decarbonisation. However, with the technology and techniques available for roll-out, the target for the UK now is to facilitate heat generation’s low-carbon transition in an effective fashion. In its report, Heat Networks: Developing a Market Framework, published on 7 December, BEIS outlined its intentions to establish a market framework to protect customers of heat networks and improve the environment for investors. The prospect of supply by district heating is attractive to many GB customers, as prices of heating and hot water tend to be the same or lower than those of typical gas or electricity supplies. In BEIS’s Heat Networks Consumer Survey 2017, the average annual cost for heating and hot water to consumers supplied by a heat network was recorded at roughly £570, compared to around £640 for non-heat network customers. As well as this, the overall satisfaction of heat network customers with regards to their heating systems was found to be higher than those with conventional heating systems – 74% of those supplied by heat networks were “very satisfied” or &...

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