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Report calls for radical change in home heating

A new report, Heat: degrees of comfort, has been published by the Royal Academy of Engineering, stating that there is no possibility of the UK meeting its 2050 carbon emissions target without a fundamental change to the methods of heating homes.

An 80 per cent cut in emissions cannot be achieved through using natural gas, but many renewable energy sources are “difficult or impossible to schedule”, says the RAE.

Switching to electric heating would greatly increase demand on the grid and the challenge of meeting peak demand, it added.

A coherent national energy policy is required to guide decision making, which does not exist at present, says the report.