Government measures to deliver green targets provide opportunity for UK heating firms like ADEY
At a time when cross-party think-tank Policy Connect has reported that existing central heating systems could jeopardise the government’s 2050 net-zero carbon goal, the expertise and innovation of industry experts like ADEY will be more critical than ever before.
Gas central heating boilers and their nitrogen dioxide emissions are a worry for the UK’s green targets. Roughly 14 per cent of greenhouse gas emissions in the UK come from homes, however a poll among MPs revealed that a majority in the Commons did not consider pollution from home heating to be a priority.
ADEY, a Cheltenham based firm which designs and manufactures award-winning magnetic filters and water treatment chemicals to protect central heating systems, has long believed the opposite: that pollution from home heating is a major issue that needs to be rectified and is possible to resolve.
The firm wrote in The Parliamentary Review: “Boilers account for 83 per cent of household energy consumption and make up 55 per cent of what consumers spend on energy at home.
“Approximately 60 per cent of carbon emissions are generated by the domestic boilers we rely on. Put simply, if we can better safeguard the efficiency of household boilers, we could deliver significant returns in reducing domestic carbon emissions, residential heating energy consumption and associated energy bills.”
The government now wants low-carbon heating systems to be installed in every new home built after 2025, however, this will leave the majority of UK homes with the current, less efficient system.
Policy Connect believes that more than 20,000 homes per week will have to convert to a low-carbon heating system between 2025 and 2050 for the UK to hit its net-zero target, which will come at a large cost.
Joanna Furtado, the leading author of the Policy Connect report, said: “The next five years are critical for heat decarbonisation in new and existing homes and for meeting our climate targets.
“We need to spark a national conversation on heat as MPs and consumers are still in the dark on the savings greener home heat solutions could offer.”
A government spokesperson added that heat constitutes "one of the UK's biggest challenges in decarbonisation.”
The spokesperson said: “Heat accounts for more than a third of our current carbon emissions, which is why we're spending £2.8 billion to encourage low-carbon heating in both homes and businesses as well as investing in innovation.
"Getting the right mix of technologies to increase energy efficiency is vital. We will also require changes in consumer behaviour as we work towards net zero by 2050."
A plan to support a heating system switchover will go to consultation before the end of 2019.
Businesses in the UK heating industry such as ADEY can look to seize upon this government measure as an opportunity. Indeed, the company looked to bring the energy-saving benefits of its own products to the attention of policymakers at the Westminster Sustainable Business Forum and through involvement in the Warmer and Greener report.
As ADEY described in the Review: “[We knew that] we could offer practical solutions to help the government overcome some of its toughest challenges. In a typical UK household, more than half the money spent on annual energy bills goes towards heating and hot water, according to the Energy Saving Trust.”
The firm wrote in the Review that they believed that the UK would benefit from the “introduction of regulated best practice central heating system maintenance using effective magnetic filtration for new builds or retrofitting existing systems, premium system inhibitors and annual water tests”. This does provide an answer for updating more dated systems and what should be included in new-build heating systems.
With the government seeking an appropriate 'mix of technologies to increase energy efficiency' ahead of a switchover to greener home heating, it can turn to firms such as ADEY that are able to come to the fore over the coming years and have much to offer in pursuit of the UK’s net-zero carbon target.