Rinnai commissions study to bring ‘realism to an increasingly polarised debate’

Review will look at fuel efficiency in appliances using a variety of energy vectors

Rinnai has commissioned a comprehensive comparative review and report on gas and electric appliances using a variety of energy vectors in residential and commercial UK scenarios.

The commission is being carried out by one of the biggest multinational consultancies in the building and construction sector, and the final report will be headed by a team of non-political/non-partisan academics.

‘We simply want to see realism brought into an increasingly polarised debate that, at times reaches levels of unbridled hysteria,’ says Tony Gittings, managing director of Rinnai.

‘Fact, logic and reason must be employed for the best outcome for all of us. We need decarbonisation, we need net zero, and we need it as soon as possible, but in a way that is pragmatic in terms of catering to the existing populations and markets.’

Rinnai is expected to announce its own new product development answering the net-zero call – including low carbon technologies and hybrid solutions – before the end of the year.

‘We are committing substantial sums to this report, and the contract with the authors stipulates that there is no third-party doctoring or spin. The consumer needs to be given the facts to make an informed decision.

‘We are manufacturers of proven excellence, and are using our core competencies of design engineering solutions to suit all possible future needs and fuels. We have a global reach, with 650 R&D engineers. We will evolve to ensure that our customers have the very best possible product options.

‘We believe, implicitly, that there will be a need for a variety of solutions to the energy “trilemma”; there is not one single fuel or appliance that is the answer to all the problems.

‘We also believe that some of the statements coming from quasi-official quarters is the drum banging of interested parties looking after their own primary financial and or political interests.’

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