Heating accounts for over a third of the UK’s overall greenhouse gas emissions and to date has proved to be a challenging aspect of the energy system to decarbonise. Presently most heating requirements are served by natural gas, or oil.
There are a variety of technologies with potential to contribute to the heat transformation necessary to meet national 2030 and 2050 emissions targets. These include heat networks, electric and hybrid heat pumps, hydrogen, biofuels and others.
The energy networks will play a crucial role in delivering the infrastructure required to support the decarbonisation of heat.