accounts for about 45%
of European households heating. It is the most widely used energy but is
perceived as less environmentally damaging than it really is. Renewable heating
solutions are still rare, although they represent a great opportunity to
decarbonise heating. Too little known, they are subject to a large number of
In this paper, we intend to debunk the myths on fossil gas and renewable heating technologies to clarify the path toward fossil-free buildings.
Which myths on fossil gas should be dismissed today?
- Myth 1: Natural gas can be green and clean
- Myth 2: Natural gas is a necessary “bridge” fuel towards a cleaner heating system
- Myth 3: Hydrogen is a like-for-like solution to replace natural gas in home heating.
- Myth 4: All biogases are always sustainable
Which myths are preventing the deployment of Renewable heating technologies?
- Myth 1: Renewable heating provides less comfort for households especially in winter
- Myth 2: Renewable heating technologies are too expensive to install
- Myth 3: Renewable heating technologies are too expensive to run compared to fossil fuels ones
- Myth 4: All current energy consumption must be substituted with renewables
- Myth 5: The grid cannot handle the electrification of heat
- Myth 6: Renewable heating technologies cannot be installed in old, non-renovated buildings
Find out what lies behind these myths in our paper.