Of the many challenges facing the UK’s transition to carbon Net Zero by 2050, temperature control in buildings is one of the most daunting. Fossil fuels, especially natural gas, are the most common source of heat for buildings and much of the electricity used to provide cooling is still provided by gas-fired power stations.
It is equally true that there has been a huge increase in renewable electricity generation. According to figures from the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, the UK’s renewable capacity averaged 20% growth per annum in the decade up to 2019 (it fell to 2% in 2020 because of the Covid pandemic).
This opens the door to wider use of ‘green’ electricity which, in turn, has a powerful influence on how we approach carbon Net Zero. Read More