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London plots pathway to net-zero by 2030, mulls huge ULEZ expansion

The London Assembly has published plans detailing four ways in which the capital could decarbonise its operations, including public transport, to meet net-zero by 2030 - an accelerated target announced by Mayor Sadiq Khan in 2020.

In all scenarios assessed by IRENA, no grey hydrogen is produced globally in 2050

Hydrogen will only play a small role in decarbonising home heating, IRENA forecasts

With global low-carbon hydrogen production set to grow exponentially in the coming years, use should be prioritised in sectors that are hard to electrify, like shipping and steelmaking, a major new forecast is recommending.

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Vattenfall exploring high-temperature heat pumps for UK market, BEIS allocates more funding for heat networks

Vattenfall has confirmed plans to launch an innovative heat pump solution in the Netherlands, with a view to a UK launch, while the UK Government has allocated £19m of fresh funding to heat networks.

Pictured: One of Future Biogas's existing UK plants

AstraZeneca to support UK biomethane and CCS project in drive to decarbonise heat

AstraZeneca has forged a partnership with energy firm Future Biogas, to support the development of a 125GWh biomethane production plant fitted with carbon capture technology, so it can source low-carbon heat locally.

The Strategy confirms heat pumps as the Government's preferred technology for decarbonising home heating in the near-term

Heat and Buildings Strategy: Green economy reacts, expressing hopes for more funding and tighter deadlines

Key figures from across the UK's green economy have weighed in on the Heat and Buildings Strategy, with the general conclusion being that, while the ambition is welcome, measures will not be enough to meet future climate targets.

Homes will not be forced to switch to heat pumps, but the hope is for no new home heating systems installed from 2035 to be fossil-fuelled

Heat and Buildings Strategy: £450m grant scheme launched to help homes switch gas boilers for heat pumps

The long-awaited Heat and Buildings Strategy has been published this evening (18 October), including a £450m boiler upgrade scheme for homes as part of a broader £3.9bn funding package.

The network will serve buildings across Bexley, Greenwich (pictured), Newham, Barking and Dagenham

Plans unveiled for UK's largest low-carbon heat network, to be based in London

Energy firm Vattenfall has unveiled plans to develop a heat network that will serve up to 500,000 homes across four London boroughs, claiming the project will be the largest of its kind in the UK.

Decarbonising homes has been a hot topic in recent weeks, amid further delays to the Heat and Buildings Strategy

Net-Zero Strategy must not repeat past mistakes on low-carbon homes, major groups warn Prime Minister

A coalition of industry and consumer groups are urging Prime Minister Boris Johnson to ensure that the upcoming Heat and Buildings Strategy and Net-Zero Strategy do not repeat historic mistakes on decarbonising homes.

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National Grid and SSE unveil plan to redirect waste heat to homes

Thousands of UK homes could soon be warmed using heat generated from electricity grid transformers, which would have otherwise gone to waste.

Pictured: An engineer working on the audit of Mitie's estate, assessing the energy efficiency of lighting

Heat pumps and energy efficiency: Mitie plots path to net-zero buildings by 2025

After setting a 2025 net-zero target for operational emissions last year, facilities management firm Mitie has outlined how it plans to reduce emissions from its estate in line with this goal.

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O2 outlines plans to slash data centre emissions

Telecommunications giant O2 is set to cut emissions from its data centres by more than half a million kilograms within a year, after investing in natural cooling technologies and energy efficiency.

Achieving Net-Zero Carbon Heating: Six Top Tips for Businesses

Produced in partnership with Centrica Business Solutions, this handy ‘top tips’ guide provides organisations across the private and public sector with six clear and concise pieces of advice on adopting low-carbon heating technologies and processes.

The session will be made available to stream on-demand for registrants after the event

Now available on-demand: edie's online masterclass on low-carbon heat

edie's free online masterclass exploring how businesses can decarbonise heating on the road to net-zero is now available to watch on-demand. 

All edie podcast episodes can be listened to via iTunes, Spotify and Soundcloud

Net-Zero Business podcast: Inside the UK's low-carbon heat transition

In response to the accelerated pace at which corporates are examining and setting net-zero targets to help alleviate the climate crisis, edie's monthly Net-Zero Business podcast was created. Up next, we talk low-carbon heat with Centrica Business Solutions and the Heat Pump Federation.

edie Explains: Net-zero carbon heating

What is net-zero carbon heating? Why is net-zero carbon heating important? What are the different forms of net-zero carbon heating? What are the business benefits of net-zero carbon heating? This explains guide answers all of these questions and more

Retrofitting is seen as essential to the net-zero transition, but the Government's approach has been repeatedly criticised 

Green Homes Grant: Government admits that meeting 600,000 homes target could take a decade

When the Government launched its Green Homes Grant last year, it aimed to improve energy efficiency for 600,000 homes. But a BEIS minister has admitted that just 20,000 vouchers have been issued to date.

The UK Government is notably targeting 600,000 domestic heat pumps by 2028

Low-carbon heat: UK's heat pump sales set to almost double this year

The UK's heat pump manufacturers have collectively placed orders with suppliers for more than 67,000 units this year - around double the number currently already in warehouses and on shelves.