Carrier at the Forefront of UK Energy Transition
LEATHERHEAD, UK -
As the UK government implements transformational changes to its energy system as outlined in the Energy Act 2023, Carrier is positioned to support customers on their journey towards decarbonisation. Carrier is part of Carrier Global Corporation (NYSE: CARR), global leader in intelligent climate and energy solutions.
The Energy Act 2023 is designed to transform the UK’s energy system by strengthening energy security, supporting the delivery of net zero and ensuring household bills are affordable in the long-term.
According to the Department for Energy Security and Net Zero, the Energy Act is the most important energy legislation in a generation and lays the foundations for greater UK energy independence. Carrier’s energy-saving technologies like heat pumps will be vital to achieving the Act’s objectives, centred around low-carbon and renewable heating and heat networks.
“We are fully aligned with the goals of the UK Energy Act,” said Oliver Sanders, Carrier Commercial HVAC Director, United Kingdom and Ireland. “We are committed to being at the forefront of this transformation, and with our innovative and energy-efficient lifecycle solutions we are ready to guide the government and building owners in heat pump applications to help create an energy system fit for the future. At Carrier, we are positioned for sustainability and strive to be a catalyst for positive and energy-efficient solutions that support our customers and wider communities for the long-term.”
Carrier’s latest generation of highly efficient heat pumps operate on ultra-low GWP (global warming potential) refrigerants, which contribute to more efficient and lower carbon heating systems in buildings. The commercialisation and construction of heat networks based on heat pumps will also contribute significantly to the decarbonisation of heating, helping the UK reach its net zero target by 2050.
During Carrier’s UK conference in October 2023, Didier Genois, Vice President and General Manager, Carrier Commercial HVAC, Europe, Middle East and Africa, outlined Carrier’s investment in new products and technologies designed to target net-zero greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions across its value chain by 2050, complementing its existing goal of helping customers avoid more than 1 gigaton of GHG emissions by 2030.
Carrier’s most recent line of high-temperature and very high-temperature heat pumps, the AquaForce® and AquaSnap® 61 ranges, are designed to reduce carbon emissions and energy costs. The advanced units, with capacities from 30 to 735 kW and water temperatures up to 120°C, can harness both natural and waste heat sources, and offer up to six times the efficiency of fossil fuel-powered boilers.
Carrier heat pumps are already being used in heat networks across the UK. Two notable projects include one of the largest banking estates in Glasgow, Scotland and E.ON’s Citigen district heating scheme in London.
Carrier's commercial heating team take a total solution-based approach, looking at integrating existing services to recover heat and combine heating and cooling to optimise efficiencies across the product life cycle, in heat pump system design and application.
Carrier’s 61XWH AquaForce® high temperature heat pump
The Glasgow city skyline – home to a large banking estate that utilizes Carrier heat pumps