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2019

Carbon Connect issues third Future Gas Series paper

Sam Peek Analyst

Carbon Connect – an independent forum facilitating discussion and debates between independent industry experts – published its third instalment of the Future Gas Series earlier this month. The report discusses the need for a low carbon heat strategy in Britain and the potential wider societal impacts this could present as the UK progresses to the net zero carbon targets in 2050. A significant proportion of households in the UK currently use natural gas for heat. In a zero carbon emissions environment, this will have to change if low carbon sources of heat are to be adopted. Consumer engagement is a central part of facilitating a low carbon heat strategy. However, Carbon Connect highlighted that consumer awareness of low carbon heating technologies is currently low, which may present challenges in uptake of these alternatives. Similarly, consumers are often reluctant to transition to a new heating system due to household disruption and hassle, often choosing to continue with a poorly performing system rather than making the change to a low carbon heating solution. In addition, consumers may not distinguish between different players in the energy market, and – combined with a low level of understanding of key players and technologies – this often leads to distrust between consumers and energy suppliers in providing impartial, transparent information. This week’s Chart of the Week illustrates the current channels of communication. The identified levels of trust are said to affect these communication channels, which is a fundamental barrier to public perception and participation in ...

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