12 Jan '12, 1pm

"No possibility" of UK meeting emissions targets without huge energy efficiency push

There is "no possibility" the UK will meet its 2050 emissions targets unless the government accelerates efforts to reduce reliance on gas boilers and dramatically improve the energy efficiency of buildings. That is the stark conclusion of a new report published by the Royal Academy of Engineering today, which says that as 85 per cent of the UK's 27 million households are heated by natural gas, a "fundamental change to the way our homes are heated" is needed if deep emission cuts are to be delivered. FURTHER READING Stand under my green umbrella: supplier first to sign up to RHI 'Green deal' will fail, government's climate advisers warn The scale of the challenge of cutting emissions by 80 per cent against 1990 levels by mid-century is highlighted by the fact that domestic buildings accounted for a quarter of all UK CO2 emissions in 2009 and just over 40 per cent of UK fina...

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