The environmental challenge
To meet the Government’s target to reduce CO2 emissions by 100% by 2050, we will need to make significant changes to the way we use energy and produce it.
The way we heat our homes, run our cars, power our industries, and fuel our lorries and trains all contribute to climate change. Like many others, Cadent are looking for solutions. It’s a balance between cost, environmental concerns, safety and what our customers expect.
We're committed to keeping people safe, warm and connected for the long term. We're working closely with Government, regulators and our partners to enable real change to energy use and production in the UK.
The right energy for the job
Around 90% of the UK’s households are using gas right now for heat and cooking, so we are keen to avoid disrupting them. Gas is unique in its ability to respond instantly to sudden increases in demand (for instance, on a particularly cold day), so it makes sense to continue using this to heat our homes. Electricity is ideal for powering our lights, TVs and devices – and if it’s generated by wind, solar or tide, that’s even better.
We see the future energy market as a mix of gas and electricity, maintaining choice for the customer while addressing environmental concerns.
The future is gas, but not as we know it
The network of gas pipes across the UK is one of the country’s most valuable assets. We feel that it makes sense to continue using this network to help reduce CO2. That’s why we’re developing new ways of using hydrogen for domestic heat and cooking, instead of 100% natural gas.
We’ve been testing this via our HyDeploy project on Keele University’s private gas network, with 100 houses and 30 faculty buildings successfully using a 20% blend of hydrogen. Working with our partners, we will be running larger trials in the North East and North West in the near future.
A hydrogen industry for the UK?
Using our gas network to deliver hydrogen for heating homes means that hydrogen will be easily accessible across the UK. For example, it can be used to fuel trucks and trains, and power our industries efficiently when compared to other alternatives.
We’re sponsoring several research programmes with universities and other partners to explore how we can develop hydrogen fuel cells for larger vehicles. The fast-moving developments in hydrogen could also lead to a hydrogen production industry for the UK, which would create jobs and make us a world leader in this field.