Heat & Decentralised Energy | 2017

Heat and Decentralised Energy Conference Blog

Welcome to the Heat and Decentralised Energy Blog

  • Home
    Home This is where you can find all the blog posts throughout the site.

What is the single most pressing issue in the debate about decarbonising heat?

Posted by on in Heat 2014
  • Font size: Larger Smaller
  • Hits: 3570
  • 0 Comments
  • Print

By Ian Marchant FEI, President, Energy Institute


The simplest questions are usually the best. By many measures, heating accounts for around half our total energy use. The cost of that energy has gone up significantly in recent years. Less than 5% of our heating is from renewable sources.

We all know the problem, how to get the first two of these measures down and the third one up. So here's where the simple question comes. What is the one thing we should focus on?

It would be tempting to use this opportunity to lobby on the political environment and support mechanisms or to wax lyrically on new technologies but I don't believe that either of these important areas are the one big thing. So what is it? I believe it’s Behaviour. 

Let me explain. The reason why we don't insulate our homes or set our thermostats and time clocks correctly is behavioural or to put in bluntly, we can't be bothered.  The reason why district heating is so hard to get going in the UK is because we all want our own boilers in the corner of our house. The reason that biomethane struggles to make inroads is that we don't regard organic waste as a valuable fuel and just throw it away. The reason we don't install new technology such as heat pumps is because the old ways are easier. 

We don't need more engineers and lobbyists taking part in the heat debate we need behavioural economists, anthropologists, psychologists and socialists to work out how to get us off our backsides and actually do something.

 

Comments

  • No comments made yet. Be the first to submit a comment

Leave your comment

Guest
Guest Friday, 15 December 2017

Our Sponsors

 

siemens

 

 exmo tag tm rgb

 

Our Supporters:

CBS LOGO 2000PX M RGB

ClarkeKohler FINAL logo

EDF Energy Logo Services LINEAR RGB COLOUR LARGE

Pinnacle Power Logo

 Rehau Logo

SAV Logo

Our Media Partners:

energy engineering logo

Follow us on Twitter

­