This month’s magazine looks at the main conclusions from the 2021 H&V Low Carbon Heating Summit, as well as reaction to the release of the delayed Heat and Buildings strategy a few days later

November’s H&V News follows a busy month of policy announcements and events focused on the future for the HVAC sector as pressure intensifies for a viable move towards full decarbonisation within 30 years.

Among the issue’s highlights are an in-depth look at some of the main outcomes and conclusions from the 2021 H&V News Low Carbon Heating Summit 2021.  This includes a look at heat networks and the vital importance of ensuring the 2020s becomes a decade expansion for lower carbon district heating solutions.

Sam Shea, head of policy and engagement for Gemserv, noted during a panel discussion that heat network use is required to increase significantly across the UK. This expansion will be essential to meet predictions that 18 per cent of national heat demand will be met through such solutions by 2050.

She noted that a raft of new projects and support is expected to launch in the next few years. Urgent action is now vital to make progress around introducing new networks owing to the complexity of their design and implementation, Ms Shea added.

This year’s summit brought together experts from across the entire industry, representing hydrogen and heat pump specialists, as well as the energy and utilities sector that is expected to have to work much closer with the HVAC industry on delivering a holistic, net zero approach.

Lower carbon gas and electrification were both seen as having a role in any future aims to ensure a fully decarbonised supply of heat. However, there was still strong debate at the summit around the best way to do this and where different technologies can most effectively be used.

November’s H&V Magazine also went to press just as the government had published its delayed Heat and Buildings Strategy that committed fresh financial support for heat pump adoption.  However, there was criticism from a range of trade associations and campaign groups about a perceived lack of fresh thinking on how to create a more energy efficient building stock after the abrupt termination this year of the Green Homes Grant incentive.

You can read the issue here.

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