NIC recently commissioned independent research by Element Energy & E4tech to investigate the cost of decarbonising the UK’s heat infrastructure, including space-heating and hot water. The final report, circulated to stakeholders for the first time this week, finds that an integrated approach to decarbonising our energy infrastructure could deliver significant savings. The report comes as the Government continues to develop decarbonisation policies for heat and transport necessary for the UK to meet its legally binding carbon emissions targets under the Fourth and Fifth Carbon Budgets.
ENA believes that a “Whole-System Approach”, based on our energy networks using new smart technologies to work more closely together in an integrated way, can build on the strength of our existing energy network assets to deliver decarbonisation at lowest cost. ENA has called for the Government to investigate what role that Approach could have as part of the Clean Growth Strategy.
David Smith, CEO of ENA, says:
“Britain’s energy network operators are committed to creating an efficient, smarter, cleaner energy system fit for our homes and businesses. Decarbonising heat is one of the greatest challenges facing our energy system, and ENA welcomes the independent National Infrastructure Commission’s contribution to the evidence base on future options. Our power, heat, transport and waste sectors are all interdependent, and so must be the solutions for their decarbonisation.
“The NIC figures suggest that a Whole-System Approach to decarbonisation, which involves planning how to use our energy network infrastructure in a more integrated way by using low carbon gasses like hydrogen, could save £55bn to 2050 compared to an electricity only solution.”