New green heat technologies, such as heat pumps, combined heat and power systems, district heating, hydrogen and biogas, coupled with smart controls and financial innovation, could revolutionise home heating and put the UK on track to meet its net zero emission targets. That is the conclusion from a new report from think tank Policy Connect, which argues a major revamp of green heating policy is urgently required over the next few years in order to ensure the UK meets its long term emissions targets. Twenty-seven million UK homes are primarily heated by fossil fuels, representing 13 per cent of the UK’s carbon footprint, researchers for the think tank said. But despite widespread public support for action on climate change, the majority of the public are unaware about what solutions exist and where to turn for informed, independent advice, they found. Polling by the think tank found the vast majority MPs and the public do not see home heating as a priority for climate policy, compared with action in other sectors such as fracking and transport. Costs also remain a major barrier for the deployment of green heat systems and as such more innovation is required to make emerging technologies competitive, it found. Twenty-seven million UK homes are primarily heated by fossil fuels, representing 13 per cent of the UK’s carbon footprint, researchers for the think tank said. Action needs to be urgently stepped up, it said, highlighting research by the Energy Technologies Institute that revealed that homes need to switch to low carbon heating at a rate of 20,000 a week between 2025 and 2050 to meet the UK’s previous target to cut emissions by 80 per cent by 2050.
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