Government announces new consultation on renewable heat

Heating your offices and other business premises during the colder months not only significantly increases the costs of your overheads; it also has a huge effect on your company’s carbon footprint. The Government are now looking to improve the security and efficiency of business gas in the UK by carrying out a new consultation on renewable heat.

With buildings accounting for 40% of total energy consumption in the European Union, renewable heat is set to play a vital role in reducing carbon emissions across the board. Energy and Climate Change Minister Greg Barker explains the vital role this green technology will play in the future of commercial energy:

‘We need to revolutionise the way we heat our homes and businesses and move away from expensive fossil fuels, not only to cut carbon but to help meet our renewables targets and save money on bills.

‘Our proposals aim to encourage even more uptake of clean green heating in industry and in our businesses.’

The proposals from the Department of Climate Change (DECC) include a number of recommendations for the Government to help businesses in the commercial and industrial sectors increase their uptake of a ‘renewable heating kit’. This includes greater support for technologies such as geothermal heating, combined heat and power and biogas combustion for larger-scale industries.

Proposed financial incentives

The expanded Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) scheme could also for the first time include financial incentives for the use of air source heat pumps in business premises.  Air-to-air heat pumps could see business owners receive a return on 0.97p per kWh produced, whilst the proposed tariff for air-to-water pumps is 1.7p per kWh for all sizes of installation.

Air source pumps work by circulating a mixture of water and antifreeze through a loop pipe deep underground. As the liquid travels around the pipe, it absorbs the heat trapped in the ground and transports it directly into a building to be used. The air-to-air system use compressors and fans to circulate warm air and is generally suitable for well-insulated offices. An air-to-water system uses the ground heat to warm up water in a boiler, which is then most effectively used in under-floor heating.

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