THERMAL STORAGE - A vital component of zero carbon homes
13 October 2021
Net Zero and the electrification of heat
The UK Government has set ambitious targets for achieving Net Zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, with a target to reduce the UK’s emissions by at least 68% by 2030 compared to 1990 levels.
Buildings currently contribute roughly a third of the UK’s annual greenhouse gas emissions. This needs to be reduced to zero. This means that all or nearly all the UK’s housing stock and its public and commercial buildings will need to rely solely on non-carbon sources of energy for space heating and hot water. The technologies and infrastructures enabling low- or zero-carbon gas heating remain some way off, so a large proportion of the energy generation required to meet the heating needs of UK buildings will be renewable electricity.