Decarbonizing the UK’s Energy System Via Hybrid Heating

Guidehouse complied a report highlighting the benefits of hybrid heating system technology to meet the UK’s 2050 decarbonization goals

The UK has set aggressive targets to meet its 2050 decarbonization goals. One way to help meet these targets is by using hybrid heating systems, which are low-carbon heating systems that combine two sources of energy for space heating and hot water in buildings. 

Commissioned by Wales & West Utilities Ltd., Guidehouse delivered a 22-page analysis report, Benefits of Hybrid Heat Systems in a Low Carbon Energy System, explaining why hybrid heating systems are an essential technology to help the UK meet its 2050 decarbonization goals and save consumers money. 

According to the report, hybrid heating systems guide energy users away from fossil fuels toward low carbon heat, as building insulation, installing the heat pump, and decarbonizing electricity and gas can take place independently. 

Benefits include: 

  • Costs: The upfront investment costs are lower than all-electric heat pumps and save households money on an annual basis. 
  • Comfort: The systems maintain comfort levels across buildings regardless of energy efficiency ratings. They can cool buildings and maximize customer choice with minimal disruption.
  • Carbon: They are a carbon-free option and can use carbon-free green electricity and green gas. 

Adding to these benefits, Guidehouse said hybrid heating systems also address resilience, energy reinforcement, and the integration of intermittent renewables.

Download the Benefits of Hybrid Heat Systems in a Low Carbon Energy System Report

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