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Industrial Strategy response from the gas industry’s Midland ‘Heat Hub’

The Midlands is home to trade associations EUA, HHIC, ICOM and UKLPG, as well as market leading manufacturers, suppliers, installers and energy stakeholders making it an essential hub of energy expertise that should not be overlooked by government.

This gas ‘heat hub' has supported the delivery of heat and power to UK homes and businesses for the past 200 years. The UK gas distribution networks deliver gas to 85% of the UK's domestic properties and supply essential heat, hot water and power to UK homes and businesses every day.  Beyond the gas grid almost 200,000 domestic properties and rural businesses also benefit from innovative and highly efficient gas technologies by using low carbon liquefied petroleum gas (LPG). 

The UK domestic heating and hot water industry sector directly employs 252,200 people in 68,500 businesses that visit over 2 million homes every year. Including those indirectly employed, the sector accounts for one in every 40 employed people in the UK today. The whole UK industry is worth £3-4 billion per year. More than two thirds of the boilers sold in Britain are made in Britain.

In response to Government Industrial Strategy Green Paper, EUA, HHIC, ICOM and UKLPG are calling on Government to utilise the existing expertise, assets, and technologies that the gas ‘heat hub' possesses, and capitalise on this by investing in further research, development and deployment of gas and green gas solutions available through the following;

  • Support for the low carbon transition - more efficient equipment, decarbonising energy inputs (R&D, exemplars, demonstration projects)
  • Developing the existing UK based skills agenda
  • Exploiting all export opportunities including the exploitation of UK intellectual property overseas
  • Supporting our existing industrial strengths to encouraging inward investment

Mike Foster, Chief Executive of EUA said "The Midlands is at the heart of home heating and hot water. Gas central heating currently supplies the comfort we all enjoy to 85% of UK homes. Helping the transition to a low carbon, green gas future, will be the most cost effective approach for the UK to adopt in the long term. The Midlands "heat hub" is key to meeting the government's energy trilemma and its importance should be recognised."

Rob Shuttleworth Chief Executive of UKLPG added "LPG is a key component of the UK's diverse energy mix ensuring that homes and business off the mains gas grid have access to high grade heat and the most efficient gas powered technologies. UKLPG's member companies support the UK-wide distribution of this resilient and secure fuel supply which provides essential LPG powered low carbon heat and energy for these homes and business."