Air-source heat pump

DEFINITION: An air-source heat pump is a system that extracts natural heat from the outside air using refrigeration pipes. It concentrates heat by using a vapour compression cycle, and transfers heat into buildings to provide heating and hot water without burning fossil fuels.

See also: Ground source heat pump

See also: Renewable energy

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ELC joined the RE100 in 2017, setting a deadline for the end of 2020 

The Estée Lauder Companies reaches net-zero operational emissions, 100% renewable electricity

The Estée Lauder Companies has announced that it is now operating as a net-zero carbon business and using renewable electricity to meet 100% of its demand globally.

Collectively, G20 nations have allocated 33% more funding to fossil fuels than low-carbon generation since March

UK's Covid-19 recovery package for energy 'not net-zero aligned', report finds

The UK Government has earmarked £3.8bn of stimulus funding for legacy fossil fuel and nuclear generation, compared to just £121m for renewables, a damning new report has claimed.