EUA: Green gas infrastructure can help government tackle climate change
The head of the Energy and Utilities Alliance (EUA) says that green gas compatible boilers and pipes can play a part in helping the government tackle climate change.
30th April 2019 by Networks
Ahead of the latest publication by government advisory body – the Climate Change Committee, CCC, which demands more ambition in tackling climate change, the EUA, has called on policymakers to legislate for green gas compatible boilers.
The CCC Net Zero report is expected to recommend replacing the current target of ‘reducing the UK’s greenhouse gas emissions by at least 80% by 2050, replacing it with a target of ‘net zero emissions’ between 2040 and 2060.
Mike Foster (pictured), CEO, the Energy and Utilities Alliance said: “The gas boiler is not the enemy in the fight against climate change but an ally. It’s the use of methane that releases carbon, and that needs to be phased out. Using low or zero carbon gas in our homes – such as biomethane or hydrogen – will keep our homes warm; meet our cooking needs and keep bills down, as well as saving the planet.
“The gas infrastructure is already in place for nearly nine out of 10 homes, through our world-leading gas network. What Government should do is to legislate for green gas compatible boilers, to replace existing stock. This can then be phased in over a number of years, delivering the carbon reductions we need to make without any major disruption to peoples’ lives.
“The products are already being tested, just waiting for the go ahead. It would be simply crazy to call for an end to a product that holds the key to solving a global challenge. More so, if the alternative is to go backwards to expensive and impractical electric storage heaters.”
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