Scotland must kick its addiction to conventional gas-fired boilers and embrace renewable heat if it is to achieve challenging 2020 targets.
Progress in the sector so far has been slow, with just 3% of heat coming from renewable sources against a target of 11% – which must be achieved in just over 2,000 days.
A spokesman for Scottish Renewables said: “More than half of the energy consumed in Scotland is in the form of heat. As a society, we take warm homes and workplaces and constant hot water for granted, but the time is now right for us to re-think our relationship with heat and the way it is generated, transported and used.
“We have a chance of reaching what is a very ambitious 2020 target, but we have to act now. If we can do it, consumers and businesses will be insulated from the price fluctuations and uncertainty of supply associated with gas. We can also create hundreds of jobs and help thousands of families out of fuel poverty by using more sustainable forms of warmth like wood, solar and heat pumps.”
“Most of our homes, businesses and public buildings are warmed by conventional gas boilers, and we must kick that addiction. District heating, for example, is a great way for hundreds of homes to share one heat source, but we have yet to see a consensus on its importance in Scotland.”
Dave Pearson, Star Renewable Energy Director and heat pump expert will guide delegates through a mix of technologies needed to meet the renewable heat target, while other speakers on this issue at a seminar later this month are Stuart Reid, who works for Fort William biomass heating business HWEnergy, and Kate Read, policy manager at UK regulator OFGEM.