In November 2021, the UK will host COP26 in Glasgow. The conference will host about 30,000 delegates from all over the world. Its objective is to “stabilise greenhouse gas concentrations in the atmosphere at a level that would prevent dangerous anthropogenic interference with the climate system”. The UK faces a massive challenge to cut its carbon emissions. According to Newcastle City Council, “heating buildings accounts for about 20% of the country’s carbon footprint, so gas boilers could be phased out, and all homes fitted with electric boilers by 2050.” The council, partnering with energy supplier E.ON, is taking part in an exciting project funded by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy. Ground Heat is partnering with social housing provider Your Homes Newcastle to install associated heat pumps.

The £3.9 million Electrification of Heat project is aiming to install 250 energy-efficient heat pumps in suitable properties across Newcastle upon Tyne to help the government see how this long-established technology works in a variety of homes. Ground Heat’s Darren Snaith spoke about the project and the opportunities to showcase this innovative technology. “By working with Your Homes Newcastle and E.ON, we can be assured that the people who need this revolutionary technology will receive it at the right time. It is a terrific community initiative, and we are immensely proud to take part. Our section of the project will take about three months to complete. We will continue to lend support to the project and monitor the heat pumps to ensure they are running at optimum efficiency.”

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