Decarbonisation of heating offers a boost for electricians

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  Posted by: electime      5th October 2020

In 2016, the Paris accord on Climate Change took place, at which the UK together with the world’s largest economies agreed to keep global warming below 2°C.

Since then becoming a net-zero nation has been a fundamental part of achieving the ambitious goal with a date set for the middle of the century.

A net-zero status essentially means that any carbon emissions are removed or not generated in the first place to achieve a balanced state.

Programme for Government

In August, the Scottish Government announced some major plans for a greener Scotland in the ‘Programme for Scotland’.

It was revealed that one of the biggest steps in achieving a greener future is insulation and improving the thermal efficiency of current properties, in addition to the switch to low carbon heating appliances.

The current first minister Nicola Sturgeon said that in 20 years heating our homes will no longer contribute to climate change emissions.

This comes as no surprise for those that are aware of the sobering fact that heating is currently responsible for a staggering one-third of carbon emissions in the UK.

Gas Boiler Ban & Future Electrical Jobs

Around 15 per cent of carbon emissions in Scotland are the result of the burning of fossil fuels in homes, primarily via gas boilers.

Hence why the Scottish government have already committed to banning gas boilers in new builds by 2024 and a long-term programme to help people swap their existing boilers for cleaner appliances including heat pumps and biomass boilers.

As Heatable states “New technology is going to revolutionise the gas boiler industry, including electric boilers and low carbon fuels, so we as a national boiler installer are ready to adapt.”

They continue “As a decline in the fossil fuel industry develops, we are happy to hear that there are plans to create new technical roles to replace the lost jobs, helping individuals more easily make the transition from the traditional high carbon part of the industry to the modern renewables, as part of a sensible transition to a low-carbon economy.”

It was recently projected by the STUC that the investments offered in the Programme for Government could create up to 60,000 jobs over the next 10 years.

Slow Turn Over of Housing Stock

The Scottish housing market turns over at a slow pace, so more than 80 per cent of housing is predicted to remain with us by 2050. As a result, there is a requirement for new policies to force improvements at a faster rate.

One such proposed policy is new regulations on landlords, potentially preventing their ability to rent out properties that do not meet efficiency requirements.

Social Housing Net-Zero Fund

A new net-zero heating fund worth £20 million has been fast-tracked to help some of the most vulnerable in society and those most likely to be susceptible to fuel poverty i.e. individuals who find themselves having to choose between heating or other essentials.

The new funding, set to be spread over the next year is set to provide those living in social housing with grants to fund both air source and ground source heat pumps, as well as connection to existing heat networks.

Conclusion

Over the coming decades, it is apparent that governments are going to be adopting more forceful policies to encourage both homeowners and landlords to adopt greener heating methods.

The Scottish government’s nuanced approach shows that they are dedicated to removing carbon emissions produced via home heating, while simultaneously creating jobs, improving people’s lives’, and confronting climate change.

Are you ready for green heat? If not, you should probably be prepared for the future ahead.