Spectator Briefings

Heat pumps and hydrogen boilers: making a house a green home

30 min listen

In This Episode

What are the greener solutions for heating Britain’s homes? The government estimates that heating residential homes accounts for around 15 per cent of the UK’s greenhouse gas emissions. For this reason, many households are concerned about the future of their gas boilers and energy bills. The government laid out its heat and building strategy this October, but do their plans address these worries? And if heat pumps and hydrogen boilers are inevitable, can we find a fair way to achieve that green future, without unnecessarily burdening the poorest in society?

Kate Andrews, The Spectator‘s economics editor discusses all this with three experts in the field: Chris O’Shea, the chief executive officer at Centrica, Dr Tina Fawcett, the acting leader of the energy research team at the Environmental Change Institute at the University of Oxford, and the co-director of the Centre for Research Into Energy Demand, and Jacob Young, who is the MP for Redcar and chairs the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Hydrogen.

This podcast is kindly sponsored by Centrica.


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