Latest report shows clear role for gas networks in future of domestic heat

A Policy Exchange report published today (Friday) has added further evidence to the enduring role for gas networks in achieving a secure and affordable way to decarbonise domestic heating that protects consumers.

This latest independent report highlights how essential the GB gas network is to decarbonise domestic heating nationwide, without adding significant cost consumers or removing their choice of how they heat their homes.

Recent studies such as the KPMG report commissioned by Energy Networks Association, also found that the evolution of the gas networks, injecting green gas such as hydrogen into the grid, offers significant cost savings against alternative low carbon heating sources. An Imperial College report in May this year also highlighted the exciting potential for hydrogen which is being actively explored through gas distribution network operators’ innovation work.

These reports also point to the large amount of work already taking place on our energy networks to explore and trial a variety of solutions and new technologies that will help to decarbonise both heating and transport.

David Smith, Chief Executive of Energy Networks Association, said:

“This latest reports adds to the already extensive evidence that gas networks will be an essential part of our energy system for many decades. Such a durable and versatile asset has huge potential through the use of biomethane and hydrogen as part of decarbonising heat.

“However, this analysis from Policy Exchange also highlights the importance of a dynamic approach to decarbonising in the UK both from a commitment to energy efficiency and recognising the challenge for domestic heat. The decarbonisation agenda is an important one that also extends to our power generation and transport ensuring realistic targets for all sectors.”

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Notes to Editors

ENA is the voice of the networks representing the ‘wires and pipes’ transmission and distribution network operators for gas and electricity in the UK and Ireland.

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