- Public health charity Medact say air pollution is “comparable to tobacco in terms of the number of deaths per year for which it is responsible”.
- Outdoor air pollution contributes to around 40,000 premature deaths, over 6 million sick days and an estimated total social cost of over £20 billion per year.
- 44 of the 51 UK cities in the WHO’s ambient air pollution database exceed the recommended limit for air particulate matter.
- Combustion heating systems (gas, oil, LPG or biomass) contribute to air pollution.
- 16% of London’s NOx pollution comes from from domestic and commercial gas boilers.
- Correlation between air pollution, climate change, and health has been widely publicised.
- Ground source heat pumps are electrically driven, and therefore emit no point of use emissions or pollution.
- NOx emissions in London could reduce by over 400 tonnes per annum if all 900,000 domestic gas boilers in the city were replaced with ground source heat pumps.
Simon Lomax, Managing Director of Kensa Heat Pumps comments:
Thankfully, Government is now acting on air quality issues linked to heating systems: the Clear Air Strategy poses the question as to whether biomass installations in urban locations should even be eligible for the Renewable Heat Incentive. As an alternative, ground source heat pumps are the perfect solution, especially in cities.
With Kensa’s shared ground loop system the retrofit of ground source heat pumps can be co-funded with the Cleaner Heat Cashback scheme and the Government’s Non Domestic Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) scheme, provided the grant funded elements are limited to non-RHI parts of the work.