Energy Networks Association responds to the Committee on Climate Change's report: UK housing: Fit for the future?

Responding to the Committee on Climate Change’s report “UK housing: Fit for the future?” David Smith, Chief Executive of Energy Networks Association, says:

“The Committee on Climate Change has rightly highlighted the benefits that smart hybrid heating systems, energy efficiency and low carbon gas, like biomethane and hydrogen, can make in reducing emissions from our homes.

“Gas network companies have already been innovating and trialling these exciting new technologies with great success: for example over 90 sites have been built to produce green gas are now connected to the gas network.

“Given the public benefits in decarbonising gas we therefore believe strongly that there is an enduring role for connecting energy efficient new homes to the gas grid beyond 2025 and that new homes should not be excluded from these opportunities.

“Gas network companies take their responsibilities to reduce carbon emissions seriously and are currently developing a set of pathways to decarbonise their networks. This includes a vital role for hydrogen. Decisions in the government’s heat roadmap will also help to provide electricity and gas networks with the certainty they need to deliver the low carbon transition at the lowest cost to the public”.

Notes to editors

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