The road to decarbonisation of commercial heating
- Energy efficiency
“We have the knowledge, experience and skills to play our part in ensuring the nation achieves its Net Zero targets and so our customers have the best and most advanced solutions for heating and hot water, whatever their needs and requirements.
We believe in a sustainable and greener future that involves multiple technologies.”
CEO - Groupe Atlantic, UK, ROI & North America Divisions
Chris Caton, Head of Commercial Product Management takes a look at the road ahead to enable the decarbonisation of commercial heating.
Until relatively recently, the UK’s pathway to net zero in 2050 and the decarbonisation of heating has been focused on residential rather than commercial applications. We’ve all heard the headlines – ‘No gas boilers in new build by 2025’.
Future energy sources
At the same time as broadening the scope of efforts to decarbonise this country’s heating infrastructure – something we wholeheartedly welcome – these publications indicated that a mix of product types will be required for us to meet our 2050 target.
Previously, the focus was on transitioning from gas appliances to electric solutions, including heat pumps, electric boilers, and panel heating.
But now there’s also talk of the potential for 100% hydrogen to replace the methane supplied through the traditional gas network.
While the opportunity for change in the commercial market is huge and exciting, there are a number of questions to be answered, including:
- Will new energy sources be available nationwide, or will an area-by-area approach be taken?
- Will the difference in price between electricity and grid gas be addressed?
- Or will hydrogen become the most expensive option?
Hydrogen has far more in common with the performance of today’s gas boilers, with a higher operating temperature that’s better-suited to older buildings, where upgrading the building fabric isn’t possible during refurbishment.
BEIS (Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy) is set to announce its hydrogen business model strategy later this year, which will include a commitment from the government on targets for electricity and hydrogen production. This will inform future innovation and product development.
The world of commercial heating is changing, and we want to be at the forefront of it.
As well as bringing heat pumps and hydrogen products to market, we’ll be there to support in the application of new low carbon technologies, to ensure they deliver on comfort, cost, and sustainability.
Combine the two and the role we can play in leading the UK’s net zero commercial heating transition is clear.
The road ahead
Growth in the commercial heat pump market is already underway. We’ve gained a lot of experience from our parent company in France who have been involved with heat pumps for many years. We’re looking forward to passing this knowledge and experience on to you with a heat pump offer for the commercial market.
In the next five years, we anticipate the gas grid will move to a 20% hydrogen blend, and that new boilers and water heaters will need to be 100% hydrogen ready – ahead of a nationwide hydrogen rollout next decade. We’re already working hard behind the scenes to get our products ready for this.
Look out for more news coming soon and join us on the path to Net Zero.