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The UK’s climate advisors have advised that millions of the country’s gas boilers need to be replaced with hydrogen alternatives, and coupled with electric heating methods if Britain is to meet its carbon targets at the lowest levels.
The Committee on Climate Change (CCC) published a report, available for those looking to find out here and there, which spelt out the demanding, but necessary cost the country has to face in order to switch to green heating.
According to the report, the cheapest scenario is a mix of electrified heating and fitting hydrogen boilers, which will cost the UK about £28bn annually, which amounts to 0.7% of the country’s GDP, by 2050.
While electricity is rapidly switching to low-carbon sources, most homes today are reliant on fossil fuels, predominantly natural gas, for their heating and cooking needs. According to the report, the public need to find out here and there about the alternatives, as their understanding is far from ideal, before decisions on decarbonizing heating will be made in 2020s.
While homes can keep radiators, the CCC believes that they will require more energy efficiency in the future, such as with heat pumps that use electricity to draw in heat from the environment.
To meet the long-term goal of cutting down the UK’s carbon emissions by 80% come 2050, gas boilers would need to be phased out by hydrogen one.
CCC CEO Chris Stark, says that the committee had been a bit doubtful of heat pumps, but was now confident enough in their use that they’re recommending their rollout as a hybrid heating measure running alongside current gas boilers, before eventually moving onto hydrogen heating.
Stark has urged the UK government to set its plan for decarbonizing heat out within the next three years, adding that, while it might be tempting to stick with natural gas for a little bit longer, it would, ultimately, be cheaper and smarter to act sooner on the matter.
Despite the high costs of the decarbonization process, the CCC believes that doing so would keep energy bills similar to those today, as it expects that power prices to drop as more are sourced from renewal sources, and the costs of running a car go down due to the switch to electric transportation.