Liquid Gas UK respond to Regen’s ‘Decarbonisation of Heat’ report

Tuesday 10th March 2020

Commenting on today’s ‘The decarbonisation of heat’ report by Regen, George Webb, Chief Executive of Liquid Gas UK said: “We welcome this report, which rightly recognises that electrification is not a silver bullet and will not provide appropriate heating for every property, particularly for older, more rural buildings.

Commenting on today’s ‘The decarbonisation of heat’ report by Regen,  George Webb, Chief Executive of Liquid Gas UK said: “We welcome this report, which rightly recognises that electrification is not a silver bullet and will not provide appropriate heating for every property, particularly for older, more rural buildings. While the report mainly focused on the decarbonisation of the on-grid gas network, we welcome the fact that the report recognised the challenges that many off-grid communities face and that a more nuanced approach based on customer need is required.”

“As the report suggests, bioLPG can play an important localised long-term solution for “hard to treat” rural properties and industries by harnessing hybrid heat pump systems, although we would also reiterate the role it can play as a standalone solution for older, rural homes which do not lend themselves easily or affordably to being retrofitted for heat pump solutions. At Liquid Gas UK, our 2040 Vision provides a pathway to bioLPG by 2040 and outlines how bioLPG, as part of a mixed technology approach, can support the UK Government to achieve the 2050 Net Zero binding target in an affordable and non-obtrusive way.”

Commenting on the proposed reform of the Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs) Webb continued: “It’s fantastic to see today’s report calling for EPCs flawed methodology to be fixed, something Liquid Gas UK have long been calling for. EPCs should be a measure of energy efficiency but, in practice, have become a measure of energy cost due to the disproportionate focus on the input fuel. This means that two identical properties, one off-grid and one on-grid, will have vastly different EPC scores just because of the type of fuel they use. Until this is fixed, the flawed EPC methodology will continue to drives off-grid homes away from low carbon fuels and onto higher carbon, cheaper energy sources to gain a higher EPC rating.”

The trade association for the LPG and bioLPG industry in the UK