Are Boilers risking Climate Targets?

An interesting article from the BBC this morning, The BBC has reported that a think tank of cross-party policy has pointed domestic central heating as a reason that the current climate change targets will not be hit.

The United Kingdom will not meet its climate change targets without a revolution in home heating, a think tank says.

Below is an extract from the BBC’s article

A report from the cross-party Policy Connect says gas central heating boilers also threaten the UK’s clean air goals.

But a poll conducted among MPs suggests that most do not consider pollution from home heating to be a priority.

That is despite the fact only 14% of UK greenhouse gases come from the homes we live in, a similar level to emissions from cars.

In major towns & cities, gas boilers are also the main source of nitrogen dioxide emissions. 

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The government wants low-carbon heat systems to be standard for all new homes built after 2025.

But that will still leave the vast majority of existing homes in the UK with polluting heat systems.

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A spokesman for the Treasury said a plan to support the move to sustainable heating systems would go out to consultation later this year.

The task is huge. Policy Connect says more than 20,000 homes a week must switch to low-carbon heating between 2025 and 2050 to meet UK climate goals.

The think tank says many innovations need to be pursued. They include smart systems and controls; more use of the “internet of things”; hydrogen boilers; biogas; electric heat and direct infrared heat among others. 

‘Critical’ period

Policy Connect said future heating systems might also need to supply home cooling as UK temperatures rise along with climate change.

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It recommends that the government creates an Olympic-style body to take on the challenge.

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.”

What’s your thoughts on the above?

Read the full BBC Article Here – https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-50041077

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