UK consults on future of heat in non-domestic buildings

The UK Government is inviting views to help develop and support future policies for heat in non-domestic buildings. According to the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), there […]

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By Priyanka Shrestha

The UK Government is inviting views to help develop and support future policies for heat in non-domestic buildings.

According to the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), there is “significant potential” for savings from heat, cooling and energy efficiency within the public, business and commercial sectors.

However accessing it has a number of challenges because of the diverse nature of energy use in those buildings.

Non-domestic buildings account for 17% of energy use and around 12% of greenhouse gas emissions and BEIS believes reducing them are important to meeting the nation’s carbon budgets.

The government adds it needs to test a number of policies which can deliver the most effective savings and expects the call for evidence to set the department on this path.

It states: “Today, most buildings in the UK burn fossil fuels for space and water heating. We need to cut bills and emissions in this part of the economy, while ensuring people maintain the same level of comfort in their homes and buildings.

“One of the best ways to cut bills and carbon is to cut energy use itself. There are technologies which have great potential to help us strike this balance, such as biogas, hydrogen and heat pumps.”

It is seeking views from those in the building industry and decision makers on the opportunities and how the UK can:

  • Keep energy bills as low as possible
  • Continue to ensure the nation has a secure and resilient system
  • Remain at the leading edge of science, research and innovation
  • Reduce carbon emissions cost-effectively

The consultation is open until 27th January 2017.

The government is also inviting views on the development of a smarter and more flexible energy system.