By Paul Homewood




The Climate Change Act 2008 commits the UK to huge reductions in greenhouse gas emissions. By 2050 cuts of 80% below 1990 levels are mandated. The fourth carbon budget enacted last year demands a reduction of 50% by 2027.

While much of this reduction will be targeted at electricity generation, all types of energy use will be affected. According to government figures, domestic buildings account for 40% of energy use and three quarters of this is for space and hot water heating, most of which comes from gas fired boilers. The government is planning to cut building emissions to “virtually zero” by 2050, but what plans does it have to achieve this?

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