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Liquid Gas UK backs new carbon emissions target but ‘more must be done’

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The UK Government has revealed that it will set a target to reduce carbon emissions by 78% by 2035.

George Webb, CEO of Liquid Gas UK, broadly welcomed this news, but added that new heat pumps alone were not the answer. He said introducing LPG and renewable bioLPG were part of the solution
Prime Minister Boris Johnson said: “We want to continue to raise the bar on tackling climate change, and that’s why we’re setting the most ambitious target to cut emissions in the world.”

The Liquid Gas UK CEO replied: “The ambitious new 2035 target should be welcomed as a signal of increased urgency to tackle climate change and deliver net-zero. However, the UK Government must move away from the ‘one size fits all’ approach to rural areas.

“The quickest and easiest way to meet these targets is to open up policy and the market to a range of energy solutions that fit all circumstances and offer choice and value to consumers.

“There is no bigger challenge and example of this than decarbonising the heating systems across the UK, especially in homes off the gas grid.

“The boxed in approach of heat pumps for all is unaffordable for millions of homeowners and will only drive resistance to the Net Zero goal. The failure of the Green Homes Grant is proof that poorly run incentive schemes alone won’t get homeowners over the fresh hold to make the changes needed.

He added: “Homeowners ultimately want choice and value for money, and a solution that meets their own personal needs within their home. Many homeowners will not want to retrofit their property, nor can many afford to.

“Heat Pumps alone are not the solution, rural homeowners need an alternative such as LPG and renewable bioLPG that reduce your carbon foot print if you’re one of the approximately 1.2m using high-carbon oil or coal today.”