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New cross-party inquiries examine future of heat for homes

Carbon Connect’s 2014 research project is examining the future of heat for homes and buildings.

The cross-party inquiries are being chaired by Labour Shadow Energy Minister, Jonathan Reynolds MP, and Conservative Member of the Energy and Climate Change Select Committee, Dan Byles MP.

The Future Heat Series will set heat policy as a priority for the next Government, raising awareness of the relative importance of heat, the huge challenge of decarbonising heat whilst keeping bills affordable and the current ‘gap’ in energy policy.

A major focus of the Future Electricity Series was building political consensus and highlighting its value for securing investment.

With policy to support decarbonisation of heat at a much earlier stage than for electricity, the Future Heat Series will be building consensus from the start of the process, politically and across industry.

The two inquiries will culminate in reports published in Autumn 2014 and early 2015.

Speaking at the parliamentary launch of the Future Heat Series, inquiry co-chair and Labour Shadow Energy Minister, Jonathan Reynolds MP, said: “Heat has often overlooked when considering energy policy, so having a major piece of work which looks at the future of heat is very welcome. The Future Heat Series inquiries will examine the key transformations likely to be needed in the way we heat our homes and buildings and begin debating the policy implications. I am very pleased to be working with Carbon Connect who will be running this inquiry.”

Inquiry co-chair and Conservative Member of the Energy and Climate Change Select Committee, Dan Byles MP, said: “Eighty-three percent of our homes are heated by gas and a third of our greenhouse gas emissions come from heat. This is a policy area full of challenges and ripe with opportunities. It is really important that we have political consensus on long term energy and climate change policy, and that is why the Future Heat Series is such a healthy initiative.”

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