Low-carbon heating to replace gas in new UK homes after 2025
The Guardian, 13 October 2019
Global average temperatures are rising. Human activity has led to global warming of 1°C from pre-industrial levels.
Rising global temperatures are already damaging lives, infrastructure and ecosystems. If we had continued as before, the impact could have put 80% of the world’s population at risk of flooding and brought the risks of biodiversity loss, crop failure and catastrophic rises in sea levels.
The aim now is to limit warming to below 1.5°C, as this will significantly reduce climate risks.
To achieve this, the UK’s Committee on Climate Change has recommended a new target of Net Zero Greenhouse Gases by 2050.
This will demand all kinds of changes - switching to electric vehicles, diverting more waste from landfill, reforestation and changing farming practices. Efficiency improvements to buildings will needed to deliver crucial energy savings and emissions reductions.
Low carbon heating will also be vital. Gas heating for new houses will be banned by 2025. Instead renewable energy heat pumps will be used in new homes.
Heat pumps are also ideal for homes not connected to the gas network (probably using oil or LPG for heating), while hybrid systems are also a great choice for properties currently using gas.
Daikin is committed to playing its part in this change towards a low carbon future. Our vision is to provide safe and healthy air environments while striving to make our business activities carbon neutral by 2050.
We will do this by:
We will support the development of a Circular Economy, which aims to design out waste and pollution, keep products and materials in use and regenerate natural systems.
It is about moving away from the ‘take, make, dispose’ approach and away from the consumption of finite resources to a future in which we minimise impact on the world around us.
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The Guardian, 13 October 2019
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