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Government announces heat strategy update

The government’s follow-on action plan published today is aimed at driving forward the move to low-carbon alternatives to cut carbon and help meet renewables targets.

The action plan looks at the potential to cut emissions from heat across the whole UK economy and focuses on a number of key actions to spur on the move to low-carbon heating alternatives and drive forward green growth.

There are also a number of low-carbon heat case studies in the action plan, including the first ever biomethane installation accredited under the RHI in Poundbury, Dorset; Aspire Housing’s work to install low-carbon heating in the homes of 56 social tenants; and the gas CHP plant which provides heat to the 72 storeys of the tallest building in western Europe, the Shard in London.

The government said the scale of the challenge is huge, with more than 80 per cent of heating used in UK homes, businesses and industry produced by burning fossil fuels, and over a third of the UK’s carbon emissions coming from the energy used to produce heat.

Energy secretary Ed Davey said: “If we can increase the use of low-carbon heating in our homes, businesses and across our economy, we can help reduce our dependence on costly carbon intense fossil fuels.

“Last year we launched the UK’s first ever heat strategy, to get us on the right pathway to decarbonisation and today we have published an update on the progress we have made so far, alongside a new set of actions specifically targeted at industrial heat, urban heat networks and heat in buildings.”


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