UK U-turn on increasing hydrogen

Article posted

26th Jun 2023

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4-7 min read


Mollie Pinnington

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The government were considering a levy to increase hydrogen use for domestic heating, However, the viability of this has recently been questioned. The government have said that this could raise people’s energy bills at first and doing this at the moment, during a cost of living crisis would be unjustified.

There is a lot of potential for hydrogen to be used as a heating source, however, introducing this into homes might not be the most feasible option now. Although the government do think hydrogen will be a part of the future when it comes to heating homes and possible businesses. However, some have argued that the government could bring people’s energy bills down and reduce gas costs by ramping up the installation of heat pumps.

The failure to clamp down on this, as well as new gas connections, is going to cause the UK to have to spend an extra £9bn on gas imports from overseas. This is also going to drive up bills for domestic and business customers potentially. This is one reason the government were looking to use alternative sources to heat homes such as hydrogen, especially as the UK’s North Sea is going to stop producing gas and oil meaning that the country will once again be reliant on imports.

The UK needs to increase its direct investment into renewables to reduce the amount of volatile energy prices that affect households and companies. Heat pumps would be a good direction. The more heat pumps houses and buildings have installed, the less gas needs to be bought from places such as Qatar and Russia.


The benefits of heat pumps

Heat pumps are good investments for businesses because they help reduce the amount of money spent on gas from overseas. This saves businesses money and also helps to lower energy bills for people's homes. Heat pumps also help to make energy prices more stable, which is better for everyone.

 Heat pumps can also help to reduce carbon emissions. This is good for the environment, as it helps to combat climate change. Heat pumps are a much greener alternative to burning fossil fuels to generate energy. Conclusion The UK government's U-turn on increasing hydrogen use for domestic heating has made sense given the cost of the living crisis currently experienced by many households


The government need to increase their ambition for heat pumps

Low carbon heating is expected to grow, this means the proportion of heat pumps being installed needs to be upped massively. The government should invest further in heat pumps to encourage people and businesses to make the switch.

The UK must also work on expanding its renewable energy sources, such as solar and wind power. This is important for helping to reduce gas imports from overseas, which can be expensive and volatile in price.

Overall, the UK needs to remain ambitious when it comes to tackling climate change and ensuring that households and businesses have access to affordable energy. The U-turn on increasing hydrogen use for domestic heating may have been the right decision now, but in the future it is essential that the UK continues its green revolution and finds an alternative solution to reduce reliance on imported gas.

By investing in renewable energy sources such as heat pumps and solar power, the UK can move towards a greener and more sustainable society.  This will help us to reduce our carbon emissions and make energy prices more stable for households and businesses alike.  It is essential that the UK continues to invest in renewable energy sources in order to achieve a low-carbon future.

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