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“With at least some progress to report
and carbon cutting ideas for the future,
the heating sector should be able to keep
its cool this spring”
Finding the answers to
climate change carnage
Spring has sprung and as the
weather improves the UK
climate change debate has
reached boiling point.
With energy at its very core, the
heating and plumbing sector will
know it can ill-afford to ignore
every twist and turn of this one.
Even in his wildest dreams, Sir David
Attenborough himself couldn’t have
imagined his Climate Change documentary
landing at such a poignant moment.
It arrived as environmental activists
brought the capital to a standstill and
fi nally wrestled the public consciousness
away from less meaningful political matters.
The documentary’s images of dead
bats, raging wild fi res and melting
ice caps along with offi cially verifi ed
weather patterns over the past century
could not fail to make an impact.
Meanwhile, as part of the Extinction
Rebellion, protesters have fastened
themselves to trains, were glued against
politician’s fences and played dead at the
Natural History Museum. More than a
thousand were arrested for the cause.
Looking back at the 2017 microplastics
scandal, triggered by another powerful
Sir David documentary, public sentiment
around climate change is again likely
to peak as a result. It means the sector
will need new answers to common
questions about fossil fuels, recycled water,
insulation and alternative heat systems.
If future temperature forecasts are true,
a less obvious question in some parts of
the country might even be ‘When will
I no longer need central heating?’.
New rules and regulations, such as Boiler
Plus and proposed gas boiler bans for
new builds, provide some of the answers
while sound personal judgment on all this
goes a long way – few outside The White
House can just plead total ignorance.
To offer HPM readers some further
perspective, latest government greenhouse
gas emissions data shows the residential
sector accounting for 15% of overall
emissions, with the main source being the
use of natural gas for heating and cooking.
This was 2% lower than for businesses,
but transport accounts for 27% of the
country’s total greenhouse emissions.
While last year’s Beast from the East
resulted in a spike in residential emissions,
levels have still fallen around 16% since
1990. There has been no such reduction
in the transport sector, where emissions
remain at similar levels to the 1990s.
Therefore, with at least some progress
to report and carbon cutting ideas for
the future, the heating sector should
be able to keep its cool this spring.
Joe Ayling, editor
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