The end of the old-fashion chasset: time for sustainable heat

The end of the old-fashion chasset: time for sustainable heat

NVDE is one of the parties in the broad coalition (including energy companies, installers and environmental organizations) who advocate the end of the old-fashioned central heating boiler.

“It is time for new warmth,” says Olof van der Gaag. “Saying goodbye to the old-fashioned central heating boiler is an important step for natural gas-free and climate-proof heating. The alternatives for the central heating boiler are now considerably more expensive to purchase than a ‘normal’ central heating boiler. NVDE is therefore working on a sharp fall in prices of these techniques. One of the drivers of this cost reduction will lie in the greater demand for sustainable heat if we are to make our homes more sustainable in the coming years. ”

Sustainable heat means reducing the heat demand by insulation and saying goodbye to heating with natural gas. In the future our homes will no longer be heated with natural gas. Traditional gas-fired central heating boilers will therefore have to be replaced by other techniques to provide our heat. This can be a heating network, to which the entire neighborhood is connected. But it can also be individual appliances that provide our heat. Think for example of (hybrid) heat pumps, solar boilers, biomass boilers or infrared systems.

In order to be able to realize the climate agreement of Paris and to reduce natural gas production in Groningen, the Netherlands must significantly reduce natural gas consumption between now and 2050. Almost all buildings and homes are now being heated on Groningen gas. Higher yield requirements for new heating installations are inevitable.

The manifesto that has drawn up the broad climate coalition therefore argues for the introduction of sustainable alternatives from 2021 onwards. In order to be able to develop the alternatives for the traditional central heating boiler quickly and to place it on a large scale, the manifest contains a number of preconditions for which the signatories will commit themselves, such as cost reduction and product improvement of sustainable technologies such as heat pumps, solar boilers and bio-boilers. . There is also a focus on the imminent lack of skilled technicians to install alternative techniques and systems. In addition, low-threshold regulation for consumers is essential to finance the required investment, such as rental propositions from energy and / or installation companies.

The signatories of the Manifesto are: BDH, DHPA, Eneco, Energy Netherlands, Enpuls, Essent, Gasunie, Greenpeace, KVGN, Milieudefensie, Natuur & Milieu, NVDE, STEK Foundation, UNETO-VNI and VFK. It is an initiative of Berenschot.

image: sustainable heat with a heat pump (Inventum)


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