UKERC raises hydrogen doubts
A new report issued by the UK Energy Research Centre (UKERC) says that it would take 700 years for the UK to move to low-carbon heating at the current rate. It adds that, to meet the target of net zero by 2050, at least 19,000 homes a week should be upgraded.
Hydrogen boilers have been proposed as an alternative to gas boilers and could use the pre-existing gas distribution network. However, Robert Gross, director of UKERC and co-author of the report, said to the Guardian, “Evidence of the feasibility of using hydrogen at a large scale needs to be improved.”
He added that net zero policies so far have been “consumer-led”, relying on people installing insulation and making the switch to low-carbon heating themselves. Gross said he advocated a mix of regulation and financial incentives to encourage more radical change.