Energy Summit Discusses Vital Role for Gas in UK Heat Decarbonisation

A Heat Summit hosted by the think tank Policy Exchange has brought together senior industry representatives and policy makers to consider the significant challenge of decarbonising the UK’s heat demand. Heat accounts for around 45% of the UK’s total energy needs and decarbonising the sector, whilst meeting peak energy demand in winter, is recognised as one of the biggest challenges facing the energy industry.
 
The Heat Summit comes as a growing weight of evidence demonstrates the importance of an enduring role for gas in achieving a secure and affordable way to decarbonise domestic heating that protects consumers. Recent reports by Policy Exchange, Imperial College, and a KPMG report commissioned by Energy Networks Association (ENA), have shown the necessity of gas to affordably meeting peak heat demand and the exciting potential offered by green gas in the UK’s low carbon energy future. 
 
Energy Minister Baroness Neville-Rolfe told the Summit that the Government would support innovation in low carbon heat technologies like hydrogen, and noted that our gas networks have previously adapted to changing sources and that customers place great value on the use of gas for heat.  
 
ENA Director of Policy and Gas Tony Glover addressed the Heat Summit, setting out the pioneering innovation which is being led by Gas Distribution Networks (GDNs) to facilitate the injection of green gas, such as hydrogen and biomethane, into the networks to meet demand for heat and transport. 
 
Glover, said "Today’s conference demonstrated that, whilst there are a range of options available to us in meeting the UK’s decarbonisation challenges, the continued role of the gas network will be crucial to delivering an affordable and secure low carbon transition which considers the impact of consumer choice.
 
Decarbonising heat is one of the major energy challenges we face, and there is a growing consensus that the injection of green gas into the networks will play an important role in the future of a whole energy system.”
 
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