Shadow Energy Secretary Backs Green Gas to Decarbonise Heat

Thursday 22 January 2015

Shadow Energy Secretary Caroline Flint has thrown her support behind green gas as a way to decarbonise UK heat demand in the coming decades.

Speaking at the Guardian’s Big Energy Debate, Flint said that a solution to low carbon heat was "staring us in the face" in the form of green gas, which could provide 20% of total UK heat demand and 40% of domestic demand. Flint went on to list further benefits which could be delivered by biomethane, including a significant reduction in carbon emissions without the need to build expensive new network infrastructure or replace appliances in people’s homes.

Responding to the comments, ENA Chief Executive David Smith said, "Heat accounts for half of UK energy consumption and a third of our carbon emissions. It will therefore be central to the UK’s transition to a low carbon future, and injecting biomethane into the gas grid offers a secure, sustainable and affordable solution to decarbonising heat.

ENA and its members are working on practical solutions to injecting biomethane into the gas network, and we welcome the support from the Shadow Energy Secretary for the future of green gas."

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