20,000 homes a week must switch to low-carbon heating to meet UK climate goals, according to report

20,000 homes a week must switch to low-carbon heating to meet UK climate goals, according to report

A report from the cross-party Policy Connect says gas central heating boilers threatens the UK’ climate and clean air goals.

UK homes currently account for 14% of the nation’s greenhouse gas emission which is the same level as emissions from cars. Despite this a recent poll conducted among MPs suggests that most do not view pollution from home heating as a priority, although the government wants low-carbon heat systems to be standard for all new homes built after 2025.

A spokesman for the Treasury said a plan to support the move to sustainable heating systems would go out to consultation later this year. Such a course of action would be huge, with Policy Connect estimating that around 20,000 homes a week need to switch to low-carbon heating between 2025 and 2050 to meet UK climate goals.

The think tank says that that innovations need to be pursued, such as the use of smart systems and controls, hydrogen boilers, biogas, electric heat and the ‘internet of things’.

The report's lead author, Joanna Furtado, said: “The next five years are critical for heat decarbonisation in new and existing homes and for meeting our climate targets.

“We need to spark a national conversation on heat as MPs and consumers are still in the dark on the savings greener home heat solutions could offer."


Article published 5th November 2019. 

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