HVP Magazine – Editorial Commentary March 2022: The Future of Heat



media coverage of the government’s heat and buildings strategy, the heating and cooling industry plumbing has been brought into the public spotlight in a way it has never been before.

Government figures report that the methods of heating and powering buildings currently consume 40% of the UK’s total energy consumption, meaning our industry has a huge role to play in reducing our emissions carbon emissions ahead of our goal of reaching net zero by 2050.

However, even after the publication of Heat and building strategy, many question marks still hang over what Britain’s heating systems of the future will look like. Although the government has backed heat pumps, hydrogen boilers definitely remain on the table as an option, with other emerging technologies and fuel sources still possible. With innovations regularly filtering through the industry, it’s nearly impossible to make accurate predictions at this point about how we’ll be heating our homes in the next 10, 20 or 30 years.

And, while 2050 may still seem like an eternity, getting the message out about the need to switch to more energy-efficient and less carbon-intensive products is an important task to start sooner rather than later. This is especially true given the vital role heating engineers play in informing the public and beyond about the heating systems they need to install in their homes and other buildings. So know that what you install now for your customers could be their heating choice for at least the next decade.

With that in mind, the HVP team is launching a new Future of Heat supplement, available as part of this issue. This supplement aims to unpack some of the complexities surrounding the subject, as well as keeping engineers up to date with the latest sustainability developments and how they will affect them and their business in the future.
The Future of Heat kicks off on p31 and includes a wealth of engaging articles on key topics, such as heat pumps, hydrogen, HVO and heating networks, but also a few surprises, including a profile on Thermify’s HeatHub, a cloud-powered boiler. computer that replaces gas lines with data cables.

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