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Warmth in a changing climate: How should the government encourage households to use renewable heat?

energy, housing, personal finances, reform, science and technology

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Author(s):  Andrew Pendleton, Jenni Viitanen
Published date:  16 Sep 2011
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Meeting the targets for emissions reduction set in the Climate Change Act 2008 will require significant changes in the technology used by households to provide heat.

IPPR’s research shows that, for household heat, major uncertainties exist concerning the suitability of Great Britain’s housing stock, the efficiency in situ of some of the key technologies, consumers’ willingness to become early adopters and the heating industry’s readiness to market alternatives. This report considers the options for decarbonising household heat, examines the barriers policymakers face and reflects on the findings from four focus groups with consumers.