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Energy networks welcome CBI and University of Birmingham's report on clean heat

21 July 2020


CBI and University of Birmingham have published a report that explains that substantial acceleration in decarbonising heat in buildings and industrial processes is needed.

Responding to the report, David Smith, Chief Executive of Energy Networks Association, said:

“Hydrogen-ready boilers are vital to ensuring that people have the clean heat they need in their homes at the times when they need it the most. So we welcome the CBI’s recommendation that from 2025, all new boilers should be hydrogen-ready.

“It’s also important that we don’t forget the supporting infrastructure that we all need to deliver those boilers. This report shows how we can decarbonise our homes and businesses in a way that works with people’s needs, not against them, but only by building a zero carbon gas grid can we deliver on that.”

You can read the report on the CBI website.

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Notes to editor

  • ENA’s Gas Goes Green programme will deliver the world’s first zero carbon gas grid, helping meet the UK’s net zero carbon emissions target. Bringing together the engineering expertise of Britain’s five gas network companies with the wider energy industry, policymakers, and academics, it will make the changes needed to move Britain's gas network infrastructure from delivering methane-based natural gas to zero carbon hydrogen and biomethane. You can find out more here. An infographic of the Gas Goes Green Pathway to Net Zero can be found here.
  • The Gas Goes Green Zero Carbon Commitment can be downloaded here. These investment figures have been submitted by network companies to Ofgem for approval as part of the RIIO-2 price control process, and a decision is expected in July this year.
  • Research on the costs and benefits of hydrogen infrastructure investment can be downloaded here.

About Energy Networks Association

Energy Networks Association (ENA) is the industry body representing the electricity wires, gas pipes and energy system in the UK and Ireland.

ENA helps its members meet the challenge of delivering electricity and gas to communities across the UK and Ireland safely, sustainably and reliably.

Its members include every major electricity and gas network operator in the UK and Ireland, independent operators, National Grid ESO which operates the electricity system in Great Britain and National Gas which operates the gas system in Great Britain. Its affiliate membership also includes companies with an interest in energy, including Heathrow Airport and Network Rail.

What are energy network operators?

Energy network operators manage and maintain the wires, pipes and other infrastructure which delivers electricity and gas to your home, business and community. They are private companies which are regulated by Ofgem and employ around 40,000 people in Great Britain.

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