By far the biggest threat to the United Kingdom’s 2050 ambition comes from the way it heats its homes, schools and hospitals. More than 80% of homes are connected to the gas grid, according to Ian Radley, head of gas operations at National Grid. While natural gas emits less carbon than coal, Britain’s heavy dependence on the fossil fuel is deemed unsustainable. Heat is responsible for around half of all UK CO2 emissions, according to HyDeploy, a consortium that is currently piloting hydrogen as an alternative to gas. In other words, the UK government’s £1.5 billion ($2 billion) investment into reducing emissions from road transport won’t be enough to meet its 2050 target if it doesn’t also tackle heating.
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