CCC Heat Pumps predictions v3

The Sustainable Living Group hosted a zoom discussion on 14th June 2021 saying that ‘Heat Pumps are coming!’

Most of us don’t think about our heating system very much, unless it breaks down. But the way we heat our homes is going to change considerably over the next 10-15 years. To reach the government’s target of net zero carbon emissions by 2050, we will all need to stop using gas for heating, and the Committee on Climate Change is recommending that government bans the sale of new gas boilers from 2033.

The replacement is likely to be a mixture of heat pumps, electric heating and district heating. The government’s recent 10 point plan for a green industrial recovery forecasts that by 2028, 600,000 heat pumps will be installed each year. Older readers may recall a similar nationwide switch in heating from town gas to natural gas which took place fifty years ago!

Heat pumps, which use electricity to efficiently provide heat, are widely used in Europe though only around 26,000 are installed each year in the UK. So for us Londoners, there are a lot of questions about this different heating technology. How much space does a heat pump take up? Ground source or air source heat pump? What about the electricity bills?

The speakers and presentations were:

  1. Dermot Barnes local retrofit and renewables expert presented

Zero Carbon retrofit: disconnecting the Gas……and then what ?
Dermot Barnes slides Highgate Event 14.6.21

2. Bean Beanland of the Heat Pump Federation presented:

The role of electrification in decarbonising homes & the role of Government policy.

To be added

3. Jason Blanchard, a heat pump installer from South London presented:

Heat pumps – What should I be asking? And what are the answers.

Jason Blanchard Heat Pumps - Common Questions Presentation 2nd