Communal heating specialist Switch2 Vitality as we speak (19 January) known as on UK warmth suppliers to re-focus their strategy on the best way warmth networks are developed, operated, and managed – to prioritise effectivity, expertise and customer support.
In his opening handle to the warmth suppliers’ ‘Value, Carbon, Compliance’ discussion board in London, CEO Richard Harrison stated: “A relentless concentrate on effectivity is essential to driving higher carbon and value efficiency for UK warmth networks. That is important to delivering on sustainability targets within the journey to web zero carbon emissions by 2050, whereas additionally offering good worth to residents.
“Housing is a significant greenhouse fuel contributor, with 28 million houses accounting for 15 per cent of the UK’s annual carbon emissions”, he defined. “Warmth networks are seen as a ‘no remorse possibility’ within the authorities’s decarbonisation technique. That is as a result of they will function extra effectively than particular person home boilers by offering heating and scorching water from a central versatile gas supply.
“Higher effectivity, higher expertise and higher customer support are the three key challenges that have to be tackled to ship price and carbon saving advantages to residents,” he stated. “That is additionally important to supporting the federal government’s warmth community enlargement goal to offer 18% of home warmth from communal warmth schemes by 2050 – a major enhance on the present 3%.”
Assembly 3 challenges
Higher Effectivity – use key information to establish operational peaks and troughs and drive larger warmth community design, growth and effectivity.
Higher Expertise – migrate warmth networks away from fuel to extra environment friendly working methods that use low carbon applied sciences to ship long-term, dependable and low-cost warmth.
Higher Buyer Service Supply – perceive the intricacies of warmth networks and use specialist help to assist residents and landlords scale back vitality prices, carbon emissions and meet buyer expectations in all areas of warmth community administration.
Richard Harrison added: “Warmth suppliers must re-focus their efforts to develop and retrofit the subsequent tier of low and nil carbon warmth networks and strengthen supply of low-cost, environment friendly heating to houses. This may even meet regulatory necessities and contribute to the federal government’s web zero goal. Above all, this can guarantee warmth networks obtain persistently excessive requirements, ship sustainability advantages and totally meet clients’ wants.”