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The largest distributor of natural gas in the UK has launched a 10-point decarbonization plan that places a strong emphasis on hydrogen as a low-carbon solution to heating homes and businesses.

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The largest distributor of natural gas in the UK has launched a 10-point plan that includes commitments to help decarbonize housing #UKhousing

Cadent, which distributes gas to 11 million (roughly 38%) of homes in the UK, has made 10 commitments that it said will help decarbonise the way we use energy in our buildings.

The plan places a strong focus on the use of hydrogen, with the firm pledging to deliver the UK’s first 100% hydrogen pipeline by 2027.

Hydrogen has been proposed as a potential solution as the UK transitions towards net zero. Unlike natural gas, hydrogen does not produce carbon dioxide when burned.

Last year, prime minister Boris Johnson launched a 10-point plan to tackle climate change, which included driving the growth of low-carbon hydrogen as point two.

One of the benefits of using hydrogen as a low-carbon solution to heat homes is that it is believed that the UK could continue to use much of the existing gas infrastructure that is already in place, with existing boilers being replaced with hydrogen equivalents.

However, doubts have been raised over whether we will be able to heat our homes entirely using hydrogen and it is expected that electric-powered heat pumps will still need to play a major role in heating our homes.

As part of its strategy, Cadent also said it will deliver the first scaled hydrogen blending facility from 2025, which will allow for the blending of hydrogen and natural gas.

It will also enable 5GW of hydrogen production in its region by 2030.

Other commitments include launching a hydrogen skills academy and developing a hydrogen education program by 2024.

Cadent will also install “hydrogen-ready appliances by 2026 or sooner” and will publish plans to demonstrate heat decarbonization of whole communities by 2025.

Steve Fraser, chief executive of Cadent, said: “No one should be left behind on the journey to net-zero. Our ambition is to make hydrogen a safe, fair and reliable choice for consumers.

“Achieving the full potential of this 10-point plan will require collaboration with industry and government to deliver regulatory frameworks that enable the blending of hydrogen into the gas grid and support new hydrogen infrastructure. Hydrogen production will need to be scaled up and investment secured. We believe this should be aligned with a mandate to introduce ‘hydrogen-ready’ boilers as soon as possible.

“This means as existing boilers naturally become defunct, households will replace them with green boilers, meaning homes will be ready to switch to 100% hydrogen when it’s introduced into the network in the future. As a result, this will mean no major disruption or upfront costs for millions of people across the UK.”

In August, the government launched its hydrogen strategy, which included plans to trial “whole-town hydrogen heating” by the end of this decade.

Source: Inside Housing.

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