An independent report has called for new governance arrangements to fill the “vacuum” for decision making and delivery in the heat sector. The report from the Imperial College Centre for Energy Policy and Technology said there is a need for “strong city and local authority level involvement” in heat governance, although the resources to do this do not currently exist. The whole programme would also benefit from “national coordination”, the report said. For the UK to meet its carbon targets as agreed to in Paris it will have to decarbonise heat in over 20 million buildings, but there is “no one silver bullet” to do this, with a range of solutions each having a role to play. These include using the existing gas grid for hydrogen, electrification through heat pumps, and district heating networks.
Utility Week 9th May 2016 read more »