UK gathers evidence on renewable heat sources

British Energy Minister Malcolm Wicks has launched a call for advice on the best ways to expand the use of renewable energy for space and water heating.

The call seeks advice on, among other things, how existing technologies for producing heat – such as combined heat and power, renewable heat, heat from waste, and district heating – could be developed further, and whether new incentives are needed to stimulate its development.

Wicks said: ‘We are looking for technical contributions and firm evidence of what the government needs to do to develop renewable heat such as biomass, heat pumps and biogas.’

The call forms part of the plans to reduce the UK’s CO2 emissions and to contribute to the target of obtaining 20% of all EU energy from renewables by 2020.

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