IRELAND’s 700,000 oil-dependent households could avoid expensive retrofits to their homes with a simple upgrade to biofuels, a new report says today.
Moves to reduce carbon emissions including a target to retrofit half a million homes in Ireland by 2030 are lagging unfortunately behind targets given their high costs and lack of workers to do the job. is stalling progress.
But research shows that new liquid heating fuels that can be put into standard boilers can reduce emissions in Ireland’s home heating sector and reduced the need for a major overhaul.
AECOM consultants found that a household switching to an air source heat pump would cost more than twice as much as switching to biofuels.
The ‘Residential Heating Area Assessment of Ireland’ report found that switching to a 50% biofuel blend could reduce emissions more than switching to an air source heat pump.
Kevin McPartlan from Alliance for Zero Carbon Heating said: “Everybody across the country, everyone wants to make their own contribution to emissions reductions and the new liquid fuel coming online could enable they do it.
“New research demonstrates that using a 50 percent blend of oil and biofuels will generate 40 tonnes of CO2 emissions over 10 years, compared with 53 tonnes generated by a heat pump.
“Helping homeowners transition to biofuels would be a great outcome financially within the reach of most consumers.”
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Switching from oil to a 50% blend will cost the average household less than €2,500, it claims, compared with more than €5,000 to switch to a heat pump.
However, since a retrofit is often required to fit a heat pump, that cost adds up to tens of thousands of euros.
McPartlan cautions that their installations often require extensive retrofit processes, posing a much larger financial burden.
“Given that the average cost of such a retrofit is €56,000 – and the average subsidy in 2021 is €15,000 – it is easy to see why this is unsustainable for many,” he said. many households, why is consumption so low, and why is the Government falling behind their targets.
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“So far, around four in ten oil-dependent Irish households – including the majority of households across rural Ireland – have had no real choice and they have felt the impact of it. the sharp increase in the carbon tax and the cost increases resulting from Government actions.
“But the study demonstrates that the solutions currently being deployed will enable those currently dependent on oil to significantly reduce their carbon footprint at a reasonable cost.”
The alliance includes Fuels for Ireland, the UK and Ireland Fuel Distributors Association and OFTEC, the trade organization for the heating and cooking industries in the UK and Ireland.
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