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Why we think switching our gas boilers to hydrogen is practical

07 December 2020

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Communications Lead, Gas Goes Green

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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."

Notes to editors

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.

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We’re the industry body for the energy networks. Our members own and operate the wires and pipes which carry electricity and gas into your community, supporting our economy. The wires and pipes are the arteries of our economy, delivering energy to over 30 million homes and businesses across the UK and Ireland. To do this safely and reliably, the businesses which run the networks employ 45,000 people and have spent and invested over £60 billion in the last eight years.

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Press contacts

Ed Gill

Communications Lead, Gas Goes Green

Energy Networks Association

+44 (0)7792 220 974

[email protected]

ENA press office

+44 (0)7792 220 974
[email protected]