Christmas has passed for another year and as the nation begins to pull down its Christmas decorations an entirely new decade comes into focus. Yet, as we look forward with anticipation, wondering what the next 10 years has in store, one thing is clear. We must address the climate emergency now or face the irreversible consequences of our own making.
This may seem stark but this is the reality of the next decade, however, all is not lost. Our energy networks are moving at pace – like they did in 2019 as they move into 2020 – with a relentless focus on innovation which will revolutionise the way we heat, eat and move. One such project is HyDeploy.
HyDeploy is a project based out of Keele University which is blending natural gas with 20 percent hydrogen in what is the UK’s first live trail in reducing the amount of CO2 produced through heating and cooking. The trial will be crucial for the UK not only because decarbonising heating is a huge challenge to overcome to reach Net Zero by 2050 but the gas network carries three times as much energy as the electricity network but produces a third of the nation’s carbon dioxide.
The reason hydrogen is being explored is that, unlike natural gas, hydrogen produces water vapour as a by-product once ignited. This means the UK can start laying the foundations for a cleaner source of energy nationwide which, according to gas distribution firm Cadent that is spearheading the project, could reduce CO2 emissions by as much as six million tonnes – the equivalent of taking 2.5 million cars off the road.
The project also showcases just how adaptable the UK’s energy system is when it comes to powering innovation. Each and every gas network is actively encouraged to tackle wider problems such as climate change and have together invested well over £10m in innovation projects to do so. It is this drive that has helped the UK already make gigantic strides towards being Net Zero by 2050 – one of the only G7 nations to make such a pledge.
Reaching Net Zero will take an enormous effort countrywide but introducing cleaner, more renewable sources of energy will mean we will breathe fresher air, experience less erratic weather and see a reduction in global warming not only here but across the globe. While 2050 may seem like a long way away, we must act now to ensure projects like HyDeploy leave green footprints, not carbon ones. This project is just one example of the many strengths of our current system, and why we should seek to build on it to secure a green future.
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Fast facts about the role Britain’s energy networks are playing to decarbonise our economy:
- A third of Britain’s electricity is now generated from renewable sources that have been connected to energy networks, helping reduce UK carbon emissions to their lowest level since 1888 (BEIS, CCC)
- Britain’s local electricity grids have connected the equivalent of ten Hinkley Point C power plants in the last ten years – over 30GW in total (BEIS)
- Nearly 100 green gas production plants are now connected across the country (ABDA) – green gas could be used to heat up to 15m homes by 2050 (Cadent)
- The UK economy will need to spend between 1-2% of its total wealth each year to reach Net Zero by 2050 (CCC)
- Great Britain could save up to £40bn by 2050 by creating a more innovative, flexible energy system (Imperial College)
- Nearly £4,000 has been invested for every household in GB grid infrastructure in the country since privatisation in 1990 – £100bn in total (Ofgem)
- Another £1,600 is being invested for every household right now, under the current price control (2013-2023) – £45bn in total (Ofgem)
- Private investment helps bring down bills – electricity network costs have fallen by almost a fifth since privatisation whilst £100bn has been invested (Ofgem)
About Energy Networks Association (ENA)
- Energy Networks Association represents the companies that are responsible for operating the ‘wires and pipes’ of Britain’s gas and electricity network infrastructure, serving over 30 million customers across the country