Neil Schofield discusses why banning gas is not the answer

Neil Schofield discusses why banning gas is not the answer

Published: 17-04-2019

‘Gas is the devil’s breath. The devil is heating our homes. Only one thing for it, let’s get rid of the devil and replace it with electric…

Well, that’s what the fanatics at the Committee on Climate Change want you to believe. They want to ban gas from even being connected to new homes and make everybody have an electric heat pump, in order to reduce carbon levels. What they don’t want you to know – or don’t know themselves – is that just when you want the heating on in the colder months of the year, how most of that electricity is generated. Can you guess? That’s right. GAS!

During February 47% of the UK’s electricity was made by burning gas at power stations. But please note: gas-fired power stations are only 38% efficient, whereas gas-fired boilers are anything upto 94% efficient.

The CCC have been advising ministers for the last ten years on how we can decarbonise heat in the future. They have always believed that heat pumps are the answer with the odd reluctant mention of hybrids, biogas and hydrogen as an option.

So, let’s ban gas boilers from new properties and force households to deal with a heat pump and then burn more gas to make the amount of electricity needed, all in order to save the planet…. Something doesn’t sound right there. This obsession with electric heat pumps is in my view, wrong.

 

More on this article can be found in the April/May edition of Installer on page 20

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