By Professor Stephen Peake, The Open University
Our fifth webinar in this series is in partnership with The Open University, and focuses on the challenge of decarbonising heating in Scotland and the relationship with fuel poverty issues.
Great progress has been made in Scotland with 97% of electricity now supplied from renewable sources. There still remain significant challenges ahead, particularly with decarbonising heat which will need to tackle issues such as the energy efficiency of existing housing stock. The transition to low/zero carbon heating systems will also require much greater use of electricity with heat pump technologies, or conversion of boilers and appliances to hydrogen.
Professor Stephen Peake is Professor of Climate Change and Energy at The Open University. He is also Fellow of the Judge Business School, University of Cambridge and Senior Associate of the Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership. Previously he has served as international civil servant at the International Energy Agency at the OECD in Paris and the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), based in Bonn, Germany.
Further lectures will follow throughout 2021. This page will be updated with information about those lectures, as they are scheduled, so please do keep an eye on this space!
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