This week, consultancy KPMG released a report that looks at the role gas networks can play in heating homes and businesses in a low-carbon future.
The report, which was commissioned by the Energy Networks Association’s Gas Futures Group – of which National Grid is a member – concludes that continuing to use the gas network offers significant savings versus alternative heating sources, and that large investment will be needed to convert homes and businesses to new energy sources.
David Parkin, Director, Network Strategy in Gas Distribution, welcomed the findings and said: “I welcome the recommendations put forward by this report, including major investment in existing gas infrastructure networks, calls for stronger policy and regulatory decision-making – particularly in the transport industry and greater gas and heat innovation funding.
“If we are to meet our climate change obligations, not only do we need to make sure our homes are as energy efficient as possible, but we also need to reduce the carbon intensity of the gas we use. Although there are multiple pathways towards decarbonisation of heat and transport, the report illustrates that the lowest-cost route is to use renewable gas and existing pipeline infrastructure.
“Our Gas Distribution business is working on a number of low-cost solutions that use renewable sources of energy for heat and transport. We are trialling new technologies to make sure our customers are provided with an affordable, secure and environmentally sound energy source in the future.
“Last December we launched the first of our Future of Gas papers, addressing the critical role that gas has to play in the future energy mix. The series looks in detail at the key priorities for addressing how gas could, and should, be part of the energy mix. We need to take a collective approach and responsibility to presenting and raising awareness of the options, opportunities and challenges ahead.
“It’s clear that UK customers want to continue to use gas to heat their homes and drive their businesses, now and in the future.”
Find out more and download the report.