The Heating and Hotwater Industry Council (HHIC) has reached an agreement in principle with UK boiler manufacturers to support a hydrogen future.
On 1 March, HHIC wrote to the Prime Minister, outlining the support of UK boiler manufacturers for any future UK government legislation mandating for all new models of domestic boilers to be “hydrogen-ready” from 2025. It has also developed a specification with industry, outlining how a hydrogen-ready boiler should need just an hour of adjustment to allow for a future switch from natural gas to hydrogen.
It means that in the upcoming heat decarbonisation plan and hydrogen strategy, the government would be able to confirm it has a long-term plan to repurpose current gas networks for hydrogen, a key tool in allowing the more than four-in-five UK homes currently using natural gas to achieve zero carbon heating, the HHIC said.
Stewart Clements, HHIC Director, explained: “Hydrogen-ready boilers are the least disruptive means of decarbonising homes as they offer the opportunity for people to continue to heat, cook and use hot water in the same way they do today, without ripping out pipes, boilers, and in some cases floors.”