Around 85% of UK households currently use natural gas (methane) supplied through a vast underground network of pipes, the gas grid, to power their homes.
But with residential heat and hot water use contributing 14% of UK carbon emissions – nearly 70 million tonnes a year, the country will not meet its current climate target of net zero emissions by 2050 without substantially reducing that number.
The argument raging in the energy world is whether to rip out these central heating systems, make the whole gas grid redundant and switch to electricity for heat, or seek ways to reduce the carbon from the gas network.
“To me, you’ve got to be mad to disconnect the gas grid and let it rot under the ground,” Martyn Bridges, Director of Technical Communication & Product Management at Worcester Bosch, told H2 View.
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