Heat – degrees of comfort
The Royal Academy of Engineering recently announced
a study to examine the implications of decarbonising
the supply of heat in the UK economy by 2050.
Achieving the UK’s binding emissions targets for
2050 suggest that the available fossil fuels within
the UK energy system will not be sufficient to
supply the economy’s heat requirements on an “as is”
basis. The allowable fossil fuels in any 2050
scenario must be split between transport and heating
needs with both being substantially decarbonised.
The study will examine the available technologies
and strategies for providing heat in the 2050
scenarios taking a systems level approach of the
implications of changes in how we provide for heat
demand in the UK on the wider energy system. The
study was led by Professor Roger Kemp FREng and drew
on the expertise of a study working group. The study
ran from January 2011 and was published report
(below) in January 2012.
Click to read the news release.
Any inquiries about the study should be addressed to
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