Soaring gas prices have brought the topic of heating to the forefront of the media and public mind this year. Decarbonising heat remains the greatest energy challenge as the UK attempts to reach net zero by 2050. Heat decarbonisation is also the key to achieving many of the government’s biggest obstacles: energy security; air quality; health; jobs and skills; fuel poverty and Levelling Up. However, unlike electricity decarbonisation it is a programme that needs to be delivered at a local rather than national level which requires consumers to change the way they heat their homes quite dramatically and think about heat as a commodity.
A new policy commission chaired by Sir John Armitt and delivered by the University of Birmingham and Energy Research Accelerator is examining all of the components that are required to deliver a local heat solution and the barriers that need removing. The Commission have used the City of Birmingham as a case study and examined: planning; finance; consumer engagement and the role for mandation and zoning; local authority expertise and capacity; and challenges presented by the local infrastructure (e.g. gas and electricity grid).
Join Professor Martin Freer to discuss the findings and recommendations of this new Policy Commission report alongside the proposed action plan to tackle the decarbonising heat challenge.