A report published by Policy Connect and Carbon Connect has suggested that the UK should prioritise converting its gas grid to a low carbon system.
It is believed that the change will help the UK to accelerate its decarbonisation process.
The integration of biogas, biomethane, bio-synthetic natural gas (bioSNG), biopropane and hydrogen, are all suggested to bring significantly reduced carbon emissions from the transport sector and from heating.
The report suggests that while policy changes are required, the government should focus on other areas first such as:
- Building technology around bioSNG
- Producing cost evaluations of the inclusion of biomethane
- Along with a major safety review of the adoption of a hydrogen-based gas network.
Energy Policy Specialist at Policy Connect and Co-Author, Mitya Pearson states: “Heat for buildings alone accounts for around 40% of our energy consumption.”
“The emissions associated with this will need to fall to almost zero by 2050 if we are to meet our legally binding climate change targets.”