A Sussex village will take part in an innovative two year trial to test how they carbon emissions of their heating systems can be reduced. Working with UK Power Networks a number of decarbonisation strategies will be considered during the two-year project, including district heating projects, the installation of medium-sized heat pumps that can serve multiple properties, and household-specific electric heat pumps. The aim is to understand which offer the most promise in the roll out of low carbon heating to the approximately 4 million homes in the UK not currently on the gas grid.
The UK Energy White Paper sets ambitious goals for the decarbonisation of the UK heat network. Meeting Net Zero targets will ultimately require replacement of up to 26 million gas boilers but progress to date in rolling out low carbon heating options has been slow. The trial will generate insight as to the pros and cons of a range of different options and pioneer a community led approach their adoption