Sustainable Energy Association targets net zero heating with new regulation

The Sustainable Energy Association (SEA) has proposed a new regulatory approach which, it says, can put heating on the path to reaching net zero by 2050.

According to the SEA, its carbon intensity regulation would play a key role in accomplishing the government’s commitments of phasing out fossil fuel heating in properties off the gas grid by the end of 2020s and decarbonising heat to achieve net zero by 2050. The regulation would set progressively stricter limits on the permitted emissions per kWh of heating provided. It would encourage replacing fossil fuel and inefficient heating systems with more efficient, low carbon ones as once a heating technology must be replaced, the new system would have to adhere to the emissions intensity standard at that point in time. The standard is calculated by identifying the carbon intensity of the fuel and the efficiency of the heating system.

Lesley Rudd, Chief Executive of the SEA, said: “This regulatory proposal would provide long term certainty to industry and investors and give confidence to the public that the Government’s decarbonisation targets will be met. Our proposal does not reduce the number of viable heating options for consumers, rather it provides the framework for low carbon fuels to develop. It should however be paired with financial incentives to encourage already proven low-carbon heating technologies.”

The SEA is calling for feedback on its paper, with responses to its regulatory approach invited by 12 February.