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Environmental Audit Committee – technological innovation & climate change: heat pumps

23 November, 2020

Environmental Audit Committee – technological innovation & climate change: heat pumps

Michael Fell

Robert Lowe

Consultation response   Buildings & EnergyPolicy & GovernanceDecarbonisation of heat

1. Robert Lowe, 2. Mike Fell

1. CREDS responded to the call for evidence from the UK Parliament’s Environmental Audit Committee on technological innovation, climate change and heat pumps (opens in a new tab).

CREDS’ response makes some practical suggestions to improve the uptake of heat pumps (e.g. amending building and planning regulations, improving skills training) and discusses the scope to use hybrid heat pumps (which switch between conventional gas and electricity, depending on fuel availability) as a step to a fully net-zero economy by 2050.

2. CREDS’ researcher Michael Fell submitted a personal contribution to the Committee which he has kindly let us share here. This response refers to the results of a field trial of heat pumps with demand response. It draws on the findings to propose the following measures to support positive user experiences:

  • close monitoring to ensure heat pumps are properly installed, and common points of dissatisfaction recognised and acted on
  • clear installation guidance that takes account of future demand response requirements
  • supporting the understanding of differences in operation of heat pumps compared to gas boilers.

Publication details

Lowe, R. 2020. Environmental Audit Committee – technological innovation & climate change: heat pumps, pdf (4 pages, 189 KB, opens in a new tab). Open access

Fell, M. 2020. Response to the Environmental Audit Committee inquiry Technological Innovation and Climate Change: heat pumps, pdf (2 pages, 114 KB, opens in a new tab). Open access

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