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Carbon Footprint of Heat Generation

Published Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Heat Policy takes into account the carbon footprint of different heating technologies. This POSTnote summarises evidence about the carbon footprints of current and emerging heating technologies in the domestic, commercial and industrial sectors. It then outlines wider considerations for heat policy and broad assessments of the ‘best’ way to reduce emissions from heating.

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The Parliamentary Office for Science and Technology would like to thank the following organisations and individuals for kindly giving up their time during the preparation of this briefing:

  • Association for the Conservation of Energy
  • Ground Source Heat Pump Association
  • UCL Energy Institute
  • University of Edinburgh
  • Energy Systems Catapult
  • UK Energy Research Centre
  • Energy and Utilities Alliance
  • National Grid
  • UK District Energy Association
  • University of Exeter
  • Department of Energy and Climate Change
  • Committee on Climate Change
  • Association for Decentralised Energy
  • UK Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Association 
  • Northern Gas Networks
  • Carbon Capture and Storage Association
  • Renewable Energy Association
  • Energy Networks Association
  • Jim Skea 

POSTnotes POST-PN-0523

Authors: James Squires; Aaron Goater

Topics: Climate change, Coal, Energy, Energy conservation, Housing standards, Oil, petrol and natural gas, Renewable energy

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