A local approach to low-carbon heating

A local approach to low carbon heating to be developed by new Policy Commission

Researchers at the University of Birmingham Energy Institute in collaboration with the Energy Research Accelerator are leading a Policy Commission focusing on how low-carbon heating can be delivered regionally and locally. 

Using the city of Birmingham as a case study, the group plans to develop an action plan for regional authorities and city councils that takes into account planning, finance, consumer engagement, local expertise and addresses the challenges presented by local infrastructure. 

The Policy Commission is expected to publish its report in March 2022. 

The work coincides with the government’s Heat and Buildings Strategy. A key aspect of the strategy is expected to focus on the challenge of moving households and businesses away from fossil fuel heating. 

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The Commission is chaired by, Sir John Armitt, he said: ‘The decarbonisation of our domestic heating systems is a major challenge.

‘It will require public understanding and support with trusted and effective delivery programmes at an affordable cost. I hope this study will aid central and local government to enable this critical aspect of net-zero.’

Professor Martin Freer, director of the Birmingham Energy Institute, said: ‘The work of the Pathways for Local Heat Delivery Policy Commission is doing the crucial work that underpins the Heat and Buildings strategy.

‘That is, figuring out exactly low carbon heating can be delivered – not just to those who can afford it and have homes that are ready for heat pumps – but delivered to everyone, including those who are in fuel poverty.

‘The level of coordination that is required to deliver low carbon heating mirrors that associated with the interventions required to combat Covid-19. To be truly effective, it’s essential we assemble a National Delivery Body for Low Carbon Heating.’



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