25 million homes need major work to reduce UK emissions concludes new report

19th May 2016

A new report from the Imperial College Centre for Energy Policy and Technology has concluded that 25 million homes in the UK need major work in the coming years to help reduce the country’s carbon emissions from heating our households.

According to the Imperial College London, heating our homes accounts for almost 25% of the country’s carbon emissions. This makes it a clear area to target when it comes to reducing emissions in order to meet the UK’s 2050 target to become a low carbon economy. A huge 90% of the UK’s current homes look set to be in use in 2050 and this includes older buildings which are difficult to heat (using significant amounts of energy).

Dr Keith MacLean, lead author of the report, commented “Although 25 million homes seems to be an almost insurmountable target, we believe it can be done,” “We just need to start as soon as possible and have long term planning, strategies and investment in infrastructure.”

The report also looks at national and local heating infrastructure, examining a range of options. These include ‘repurposing existing gas grids for use with hydrogen, the electrification of heat production and the use of energy efficient, low carbon district heating’.

“I think the take home message of the report is that each of the infrastructure solutions studied has a role to play, but none is a silver bullet,” Dr MacLean commented, “What we would like to see is early pilot developments to help inform decision makers decisions about the various solutions.”