A mixed technology approach will be needed to decarbonise Scotland’s heating, according to an LPG expert.
It follows Scotland’s Programme for Government 2020/21, published today, which included plans to reach net-zero.
George Webb, CEO, Liquid Gas UK said: “Scotland has made huge gains in decarbonising electricity across the country with huge investments in renewables such as wind, wave and tidal. Today’s programme looks to turn up the heat on decarbonising heating, an even bigger challenge.
“To achieve this it will be vital for a mixed technology approach that caters for the unique challenges that Scotland faces. Currently, 21% of Scottish homes are off the gas grid, using fuels such as LPG, oil and coal. Only one of these offers a viable solution to decarbonise off-grid homes and buildings, with LPG providing a reduction in CO2 levels today and a clear pathway to a renewable and clean fuel in bioLPG that delivers up to 90% reduction in carbon emissions.
“As such, LPG and bioLPG, whether through standalone boilers or as part of a hybrid heat pump system, can play an important role in decarbonising rural Scottish homes and businesses where purely electrified heating may not be practical or affordable.”