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Heat is on over technology targets

The WWF has called on the UK Government to put its weight behind green heating. In the Warm homes, not warm words report, the campaign group has put forward a case for the Committee on Climate Change’s ambitious low carbon heating recommendations to be viewed as a realistic proposition. It calls for 4million heat pumps, a quadrupling of homes connected to district heat networks - as well as the eight million lofts insulated to ensure the heat is kept in - and all this over the next 15 years. WWF UK’s Zoe Leader says:"

"There is real opportunity to reduce our carbon footprint from heating.  It is clear that strong government policies can address the barriers to large scale deployment, help reduce our reliance on imported fossil fuels, while supporting enterprise and innovation in a new industry.”

As part of its heating mission statement, WWF does cite “slow and steady progress” on low carbon heating options to date. There have been over 6,000 air source and around 2,500 ground source pumps installed under the domestic Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) since the scheme was launched, proving there is certainly something to built on, to help meet the 25 per cent green heating target set for 2030. It’s not just homes where there’s a pressing need for a change - the CCC green heating target for commercial buildings is 63 per cent.

Interestingly, in the non-domestic arm of RHI, heat pumps are proving less popular. Biomass boilers are the favourite technology, with about 8,500 installations of various sizes, while heat pumps of both types are languishing in the low hundreds. The figures overall paint a promising picture  - with most installations happening either on agricultural premises or commercial accommodation such as hotels and guest houses.

Gary Hartley is Energy Saving Trust's expert blogger. He has extensive experience researching and writing on a number of topics, with particular expertise in sustainable energy, policy, literature and sport. As well as providing regular blog content, Gary has also been published in numerous magazines and journals.

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