A new report has suggested more regulation on heating emissions will be required to reach the net-zero target by 2050. The report from the Sustainable Energy Association proposes carbon intensity regulations must be implemented.
The regulations should also set progressively stricter limits for permitted emissions per kWh of heating generated.
Phasing Out Fossil Fuel Heating
The Sustainable Energy Association says such regulations will help phase out fossil fuel heating in properties off the gas grid. This could be achieved within a decade, with full decarbonisation of heating reaching net-zero by 2050.
Fossil fuel heating and other inefficient heating systems should all be replaced by efficient, low carbon heating. The Association also says that new systems must adhere to intense emissions standards.
The report notes that new regulations will ensure the process has security via a long-term trajectory. This would increase the appeal of low carbon heating systems in the eyes of investors and manufacturers. It would also provide an attractive incentive to system installers as well as encourage innovation in the sector.
Providing ‘Framework for Low Carbon Fuels to Develop’
The Sustainable Energy Association’s Chief Executive Officer, Lesley Rudd, said of the report: “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.”
UK Emissions Continue to Fall
UK emissions have continued falling ever since the Climate Change Act was passed in 2008. Two years ago, the UK’s emissions were 44% below the level they were thirty years ago in 1990. This is good news as the economy has grown by two-thirds over that same period. The country managed to achieve the two previous carbon budgets between 2008 and 2012, and 2013 to 2017. The UK is also currently on track to achieve the third, which spans between 2018 and 2022.
A big role in these achievements has been played by the Committee on Climate Change (CCC). Last year it was the CCC’s advice that helped the Government determine the 2050 target for complete net-zero emissions. This target means the UK needs to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by at least 100% compared to the 1990 levels.
The CCC has also focused on the power sector, calling for decarbonisation of the economy to be a top priority. There has been fundamental reform of the electricity market during this last decade, thanks in part to the CCC’s recommendations.
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