By Alan MacLeod, CEng MEI FRSA Founder and CEO, Pure energy (REGen) Ltd
Unabated fossil fuel emissions are going up into the atmosphere and staying there. We know this and we are still doing it.
The UK used a total of almost 176 million tonnes of oil equivalent of energy in 2021, with 80% coming from fossil fuels
The “energy transition” phase we are currently undergoing, albeit in a stuttering fashion in the UK, will either succeed or fail based on policy decisions at Governmental level, in order to clarify the rules of the transition game.
The key to effective policy decision making relies on an agnostic approach to those with current vested interests whose aim is maintaining their sector status quo at all costs.
From house builders to multi-national corporation energy companies, grid network operators and investment banks, those with a stake in a successful business model in the past weighs heavier than any stake they perceive in the future.
This is an important aspect as future energy generation capacity and distribution is different from the past (and present in most cases) energy generation model.
The drumbeats from the political right wing in the UK will declare, “How can we afford this transition to cleaner lower cost energy model?’’
The answer is obvious, we can’t afford not to do it.
The most effective model to transform the energy markets from a less national network to more community centred micro generation, is to start where demand is easily met.
For example, around one-fifth of greenhouse gas emissions come from heating our homes and workplaces.
What is needed is a clear pathway for how we will turbocharge the move away from gas boilers to cleaner and more sustainable forms of heating.
Therefore, for future new build homes, UK policy should require all new builds to be certified EPC B rated or above and incorporate low carbon energy, heating, and domestic hot water systems.
Mortgage companies would then be mandated to only provide mortgages to those newbuilds that comply with these new build energy standards.
Any additional cost to the buyer over a standard 25-year mortgage term would be negligible, while energy savings achieved per household would be significant.
It is a win-win community-based transition that will create a catalyst for new business thinking around low carbon energy applications as well as new revenue models.
This is just one step in an ‘Industrial Revolution’ that will prioritise the future, and stimulate our communities to create economic growth for a new century of prosperity for the majority, not the current minority.
Pure energy is actively engaged in bringing low carbon energy solutions to the residents of UK by installing renewable technologies.
We are currently developing a low carbon heating solution with the strategic objective to connect domestic properties to ground source heating system in a simpler, more efficient way.
The product target market includes communities currently reliant on “off grid” central heating, mainly oil-fired central heating systems.
The aim is to design, develop and produce a low-cost low carbon heat network system to replace the current expensive fossil fuel heating alternative.
To find out more about how Pure energy (REGen) Ltd can assist your business or home to adopt low carbon heating solutions, contact us on +44 (0) 1382 657457 or email [email protected]
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