If you want to heat your home or workplace, you have a lot of options today. Different types of renewable energy are available, but also pellets, natural gas, propane and electricity are among the possible types of heating. We list a few comparison points.
Greenhouse gas emissions Gasoil vs Natural gas
Natural gas has a greener image than gasoil, because the final combustion actually produces fewer emissions than fuel oil. But of course the emission at the end point is not the only thing that we have to take into account if we want to compare really objectively.
In order to make an objective assessment of the entire process, we looked at a study (see below) by the neutral research body RDC Environment. They already carried out an independent study in 2004 on the greenhouse gas impact of heating with natural gas and fuel oil. They did this study again in 2012 and then again in 2020 and in these studies they looked not only at the emissions during combustion but at the entire life cycle. In doing so, they looked from extraction over production and transport to use and final combustion. Only then will you get a clear and complete picture to draw the right conclusions.
We draw the 3 main conclusions from the study:
- Replacing gasoil heating with natural gas heating will not contribute to a reduction of greenhouse gas emissions to achieve the European climate goals of 2050.
- In 2030, the import of Dutch natural gas will cease, meaning that natural gas will have to come from even further afield (including Russia, United States, Middle East & Africa), resulting in increasing transport loss and a higher transmission loss. According to the study, the effect on the climate of greenhouse gas emissions in the short term (20 years) will be 22% higher with natural gas heating than with oil heating. (Calculation by RDC Environment consultancy based on life cycle analysis and expected supply sources.)
- Replacing outdated heating boilers with new boilers is much more interesting for the climate.
- Modern boilers can be perfectly combined with renewable energy from a solar boiler or heat pump
- Boilers consume up to 30% less energy and therefore also emit 30% less CO2.
- They can be used without any problem for new, low-carbon and even carbon-neutral liquid fuels of the future.
Gas Oil:more affordable and efficient than electricity
If we compare gas oil and electricity, the financial benefit of gas oil immediately catches the eye. Electricity is by far the most expensive energy source on the Belgian market: you have to pay more for it than for oil. Moreover, the consumption of an electric heating system is significantly higher than that of traditional heating on gas oil.
Renewable energy sources … with plan B
Renewable energy extracted from, for example, solar panels or a heat pump is of course unbeatable in terms of environmental friendliness. Yet you benefit most if you combine this type of energy with a more traditional energy source such as gas oil. In a hybrid installation, gasoil serves as an energy buffer, so that the supply risk of renewable energy is completely excluded and the risk of overloading the electricity network in the winter and during peak hours significantly decreases.
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