Trade body calls for renewable-ready boilers in rural homes

The trade body for the liquefied gas industry has called in the government to allow so-called renewable-ready boilers to be installed in rural newbuild housing as part of its future homes standard.

Liquid Gas UK, which represents distributors and suppliers of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) and renewable liquid gas (LPG), says such boilers should be installed in homes not connected to the main gas grid as part of technology ‘agnostic’ approach to decarbonisation.

Responding the Department for Levelling Up, Housing & Communities’ (DLUHC) Future Homes and Buildings Standards consultation, Liquid Gas UK has emphasised what it claims is the need for a “mixed technology” approach to decarbonising rural, off-grid housing stock. It has recommended government should focus on setting parameters for achieving net zero targets, rather than prescribing specific solutions.

George Webb, chief executive of Liquid Gas UK, said: “Domestic heating accounts for around 14% of the UK’s emissions, so decarbonising the way we all heat our homes will play a significant role in the UK meeting its net zero targets.

“While heat pumps will undoubtedly play a significant role in this transition, we need a mosaic of different technologies to ensure solutions are the right ones for different localities, and take into account specific local challenges which may mean electrification is not a suitable approach.”

Advocating for a mixed technology approach, the trade body has called for renewable liquid gases such as bioLPG and rDME to be used in rural, off-grid home heating.

It claims that BioLPG can provide up to 90% carbon emissions reduction compared to LPG. BioLPG is chemically indistinct from LPG, the trade body adds, meaning it can be ‘dropped in’ to existing supply chains and heating appliances.

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