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Why we think switching our gas boilers to hydrogen is practical

07 December 2020


Hydrogen boilers are easy install and use, and similar to the cost of existing natural gas boilers.

Commenting on this morning's article in The Times (Switching all boilers to hydrogen ‘is impractical'), David Smith, Chief Executive of Energy Networks Association, says:

"It is vital that we do not lose sight of the people we rely upon to reduce carbon emissions. Working alongside a mix of other heating technologies, hydrogen-ready boilers are a technology that is familiar to the 85% of households in Great Britain that are connected to the gas network to meet their heating, hot water and cooking needs. They are easy install and use, and similar to the cost of existing natural gas boilers. 

"The world-leading experience of offshore wind in this country shows that clear leadership and policy from Government can drive up production of green energy whilst driving its costs down. With all the benefits that hydrogen can deliver, including its wider use beyond home heating, that clear leadership, not a lack of ambition, is key. Green hydrogen is an area where we must place our ambition as high as possible."

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Communications Lead, Gas Goes Green

Energy Networks Association

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Notes to editor

Find out how we're creating the world’s first zero-carbon gas grid by speeding up the switch from natural gas to hydrogen for the 85% of UK households connected to the gas grid. Take a look at our Gas Goes Green project.

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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