A new report explores the benefits of installing heat pumps under green spaces.
Putting heat pumps under parks and public green spaces could provide warmth for up to 5 million homes, according to a new report.
This could address around 10 per cent of the country’s total peak heat demand, cutting UK carbon emissions by 8 million tonnes each year.
The report finds using a heat pump would also avoid the contribution to local air pollution that a new gas boiler would make.
The report was created as part of the Powering Parks project, by climate charity Possible, Hackney Council and Scene, a social enterprise. It explores how installing heat pumps under public green spaces could help tackle climate change, improve air quality and generate income for councils and park authorities to re-invest locally.
The report finds that Birmingham City Council is the local authority with the greatest ground source heat potential from public green spaces. The London Borough of Richmond came out top when considering the potential from parks only.
Birmingham City Council is the local authority with the greatest ground source heat potential from public green spaces.
A heat pump will be trialled in Hackney to prove the model works and learnings will be shared with local authorities around the country.
Neil Jones, Project Manager at Possible, said: “Heating is a carbon bomb in the UK. A third of all UK greenhouse gas emissions come from heating and yet it’s often overlooked. But in order to effectively tackle the climate crisis, finding ways to warm our homes and buildings with low carbon heat must be a priority.
A third of all UK greenhouse gas emissions come from heating.
"What’s so exciting about this report is that it not only offers a way to kick-start a society built on clean heat, it offers both economic and health benefits at the same time. It’s a win-win-win.”
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