To reach net zero and reduce its dependancy on natural gas, the UK has to stop using gas as its source of domestic heat.
This study, led by Professor Martin Freer of Birmingham University, examines the scale of the challenge at a national level and how, as an example, an urban area such as East Birmingham might address that challenge. 85% of UK domestic property uses natural gas for heating and the majority of homes are inadequately insulated. To change this will be expensive and will require effective government leadership and delivery support, both fnancially and administratively. This study has drawn on the expertise of industry, academia, regulators, fnanciers, central and local government, and independent agencies.
It examines the challenge from a technical, fnancial, planning, and governance perspective in detail, and makes clear recommendations for a way forward.