In light of news that it will take the UK 700 years to move to low carbon heating at its current speed, the Environmental Audit Committee (EAC) has announced an inquiry into heat pumps. Heating from domestic, industrial and commercial settings currently accounts for a third of the UK’s greenhouse gas emissions, the government committee, made up of MPs, noted. In order to reach net zero, the nation must transition away from conventional gas boilers to solutions like heat pumps. However, there are a number of limiting factors, including the higher price of heat pumps which have thus far held back uptake. According to the Committee on Climate Change, 19 million heat pumps will need to be installed by 2050 to reach net zero, and hybrid heat pumps will need to be widely used by 2035. But the UK Energy Research Centre recently highlighted that there were record sales of gas boilers in 2019, and suggested on its current trajectory it will take the UK 700 years to transition to low-carbon heating.
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