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August 21, 2023

Energy policy should decarbonise building heat supply and slash demand, say academics

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Pending legislation, buildings in the UK will need to achieve a minimum energy performance certificate standard of B by 2030 (Photo: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg)

A new study acknowledges the challenges of striking a balance between reducing buildings’ demand for heat and decarbonising their heat supply.

Approximately a third of the world’s final energy is directly consumed in buildings, largely for heating space and water, with more than 64 per cent of this provided for by fossil fuels, according to a new report by academics from the University of Oxford and Ghent University.

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