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UK plan for green heating will take 1500 years to hit 2050 target


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UK plan for green heating will take 1500 years to hit 2050 target

By Michael Le Page The UK needs to switch away from fossil fuel heatinggeorgeclerk/Getty ImagesThe UK won’t be able to meet its 2050 climate change targets unless much more is done to cut emissions from heating buildings. The government’s latest proposals for doing so have been criticised as inadequate. “They are staggeringly unambitious,” says Jan…

UK plan for green heating will take 1500 years to hit 2050 target

By Michael Le Page

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The UK needs to switch away from fossil fuel heating

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The UK won’t be able to meet its 2050 climate change targets unless much more is done to cut emissions from heating buildings. The government’s latest proposals for doing so have been criticised as inadequate.

“They are staggeringly unambitious,” says Jan Rosenow at the Regulatory Assistance Project, an organisation dedicated to speeding up the clean energy transition.

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Unless more is done, it will take about 1500 years to meet a heating target for 2050 recommended by the UK’s official advisers on cutting emissions, Rosenow calculates.

“If this is all there is, then it …

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