Injecting “green gases” such as hydrogen into the UK’s existing gas network could help to reduce carbon dioxide emissions, according to a new report.

The report, which was compiled for the Energy Networks Association (ENA) by accountancy firm KPMG, said that using existing infrastructure would be cheaper would be cheaper than alternative low-carbon heating methods.

ENA Chief Executive David Smith said: “Heat accounts for 45% of the UK’s energy needs and this report demonstrates the scale of the challenge facing the UK as we look to decarbonise the sector in a secure and affordable way.

“This analysis places important emphasis on the customer and shows that making efficient use of the extensive gas network available to us in the UK offers an affordable and practical solution to this challenge.”

‘Prosumer’ among scenarios

The report – entitled 2050 Energy Scenarios – the UK Gas Networks role in a 2050 whole energy system – considers four scenarios.

It considered: the evolution of gas networks; “prosumer”, in which customers are involved in self-generating heating and energy solutions; diversified energy sources with different technologies used across the country; and an electric future.

The report recommended that gas and electricity policy decisions should be firmed up ahead of regulator Ofgem’s next “Revenue = Incentives + Innovation + Outputs” (RIIO) network price controls due to the long-term nature of investments.

SmartestEnergy’s Chief Executive Robert Groves has looked at the Energy Scenarios in his latest blog here

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