Energy networks plot path to net zero gas network

Mandating hydrogen-ready boilers is one of a series of actions needed to unlock a net zero emissions gas network, according to research for the Energy Networks Association (ENA).

Navigant’s Pathways to Net Zero, commissioned by the ENA, mapped out a pathway to delivering a zero-carbon gas grid by 2050, supporting low-carbon heating in 23mn homes and businesses. The plan would see a combination of low carbon and renewable gases used, alongside electrification, an approach leading to savings of around £13bn a year more than compared to a route relying solely on electricity.

As well as hydrogen-ready boilers, the report called for a comprehensive energy efficiency programme; an increase in the volume of green gases in the energy system, including biomethane and hydrogen; support for large-scale trials, including carbon capture, usage and storage, hydrogen production, and smart hybrid heating systems; and changing gas safety, metering and billing regulations to allow hydrogen into the system.

Chief Executive of the ENA, David Smith, said: “The country should be proud of the innovation and engineering expertise that has led to Britain being a world-leader of renewable energy, including green gasses. It is now for government, the regulator and industry to build on that success and create the right policy and regulatory environment to attract the investment required to deliver the world’s first net zero emissions gas network for the public.”

ENA