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Decarbonising heating: Overview of current evidence

Objectives of the consultation

The Government has reviewed the evidence base on options for achieving long term heat decarbonisation. The review report gives an overview of the key issues arising from the review and seeks to:

  • highlight different characteristics of the main alternative sources of low carbon heat and approaches to achieving transformational change;
  • set out strategically important issues, 'strategic inferences', which have been drawn from the evidence available to help focus the development of a long term policy framework;
  • identify key areas that require further exploration to inform the development of a new long-term policy framework for heat.

In this consultation the Government sought views on the strategic inferences identified, the priority areas requiring further development, any important omissions, the parties best placed to deliver in these areas and opportunities for enhancing co-ordination. The consultation closed on 22 February 2019.

Supporting papers

To download the review report, please follow the link below.

CIBSE Response

CIBSE believes that overall, the review of evidence seems comprehensive in terms of the technological options appraised. CIBSE also welcomes the reference to whole system thinking, the attention to consumer implications and the acknowledgement that policy will be needed. However, the institution has some concerns about the scale of ambition and the lack of firm proposals, particularly in relation to the timescale for development of policy, and the urgent need to address energy efficiency in new and existing buildings. CIBSE agrees that some areas need more time and flexibility, however, other areas are unequivocal: the need for a strong policy framework, and the need to reduce heat demand.

To read the full CIBSE response, please follow the link below.