17 Oct Heat: Degrees of Comfort

Royal Academy of Engineering (UK) (RAEng)

Report into the options for heating homes in a low carbon economy.  Among others, key findings included:

• Even with the most modern gas boilers and state-of-the art insulation, we cannot continue to heat so many homes by natural gas and achieve an 80% cut in emissions.
• It is impossible to entirely disassociate climate policy from the current economic climate. In difficult economic circumstances, it becomes even more essential for government policy to signal firm, long-standing commitments to
emissions targets in order to encourage and promote investment in infrastructure and technology.
• Storage, whether of natural gas, biomass, large scale thermal storage, an intermediate vector such as hydrogen, electricity or heat, will be essential.

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