The government has given a firm indication that it wishes gas-fired boilers to be phased out by 2025 as shown in the CCC Infographic.
The Committee on Climate Change recognises that decarbonising and adapting the UK’s housing stock is critical for meeting legally-binding emissions targets by 2050.
The CCC reports states that the Government needs to take action in five areas NOW. This includes:
- Enforcing standards, ensuring compliance with those standards and closing the ‘performance gap’.
- Delivering a step-change in construction skills,
- Retrofitting existing homes so they are low-carbon and resilient to a changing climate.
- Ensuring new homes are low-carbon, energy efficient and climate resilient
- Addressing urgent funding needs.
The report stated that ‘no new homes should be connected to the gas grid by 2025. This could mean the end of radiators and gas hobs as we know them.
CIBSE published a post last year 2018 which after discounting Hydrogen sought to identify other possible alternatives.
Biomass (woodchip or pellet) has long been heralded as a low carbon alternative to gas, but as the post pointed out, there is just not the resource to meet the demand on a large scale in the UK.
District heating systems are becoming increasingly popular. The Bristol Heat Network is an example of such developments. District heating systems using heat from waste incineration plants, is one way of getting away from using fossil fuels.
Heat Pumps (Air Source or Ground Source) are perceived as a possible alternative to gas-fired boilers but come with a significant cost penalty to the developer. They also work most efficiently with low temperature emitters (e.g. under floor heating) and could not deliver the temperatures required for standard radiators.
So is this goodbye and farewell to the humble radiator?
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