This is a bit strange. When I was young the country used coal gas which was around 50% hydrogen and 50% carbon monoxide. As I remember the change over to natural gas in our house was very quick and I think only involved some jet changes. So I would not have thought the change back would be very difficult. Natural gas is mostly methane which is a much worse greenhouse gas than carbon dioxide, so leaks are really bad for global warming.
So we rip out our boilers and we replace them at huge expense with electrical powered heat pumps Then we replace and gas fires and gas cookers with electric versions. At the same time we will replace our cars and lorries with electric versions. Where does this huge increase in electricity come from? Currently 80% of our electricity comes from fossil fuels.
Call me cynical, but I would not be surprised if Grant Shapps (or Michael Green, or Corinne Stockheath or Sebastian Fox which are names he has used in the past) and/or his friends and family had interests in domestic heat pump technology.
Controversial UK government aspirations to replace gas boilers in some homes with a hydrogen-based alternative are likely to be scrapped, Grant Shapps, the energy minister, has indicated.
Shapps said he believed hydrogen would form part of Britain’s overall energy mix but predicted it was “less likely” that the gas would be routinely piped into people’s homes, amid growing concerns about cost, safety and perpetuating a reliance on fossil fuels.