Almost half of all UK's CO2 emissions arise from the use of heat. That is energy used for space and water heating, industrial process heating, industrial drying and similar purposes. Therefore, if we are to deliver long-term reductions in carbon emissions we have to look at heat. And in the 2007 Energy White Paper: meeting the energy challenge we committed to:
…conduct further work into the policy options available to reduce the carbon impact of heat and its use in order to determine a strategy for heat.
Working together, we know we need to transform the attitudes and actions of us all when it comes to heat and energy efficiency. We need a radical shift in our use of energy and heat in our homes to meet our ambition of an 80% CO2 reduction by 2050.
On 12 February 2009 the Government published three papers that set out the Government’s near and longer term proposals for mobilising and supporting this change:
We aim to formulate a successful strategy for national and local government to help people individually, and as a part of their community, to heat and power their homes and businesses in an affordable, secure and low carbon way.
We welcome your responses to these documents.
On 31st January 2008 BERR along with Defra and the Department of Communities and Local Government (CLG) published the Heat Call for Evidence.
The Call for Evidence was an important next step in developing our strategy for heat. The document set out our understanding of the opportunities and prospects for heat and some of the barriers that prevent the greater use of renewable and low-carbon heat. It asked for views about the technologies available to us - which offer the most efficient and practical contribution to achieving our aim and in which specific scenarios? It sought views on whether we need new incentives to stimulate the development of renewable heat; what form they might take; and which options provide the most cost-effective solutions.
The Heat Call for Evidence formally closed on 31 March and analysis of returns is now underway.
Responses to the Call for Evidence were received from a wide variety of organisations, from individuals, large and small energy companies, trade associations, local authorities/regional assemblies and regional development agencies, environmental NGOs, engineering and technology companies and academics.
View the responses online at the Heat - Call for Evidence website. The responses have been collated by Dialogue by Design, independent facilitators of this Call for Evidence.