17 Apr 2009
I have read with interest the statement by the CEO of the Carbon Trust and although interest free loans are widely promoted the route to achieving these is not widely known by the carbon trust staff and applications have to go out to consultants for calculation and vetting therefore it is very difficult for customers to actually get the loans. I run a company specialising in renewable technologies and have had promoted the loans to custaomers, none of which have been successful. The basic idea is very good but unfortunatly like most things in this country it falls down on actual action.
I believe that we have two distinct differant areas in this country to look at in achieving the carbon reductions projected. these are commercial construction and activities and the other is the same for domestic. The ECA list and the Carbon Trusts activities if actively promoted and operated could bring about some rapid changes. In respect of the domestic sector we know with certainty that domestic heating and hot water produce almost 30% of all emmissions. This could be cut by half if heat pumps were promoted against boilers, particurly when approx 1m boilers are replaced each year. If these were coupled with the latest highly efficient solar thermal panels we would see even greater reductions.
If solar PV panels, solar lighting also became the norm we could rapidly become self sufficient in energy requirements. The future could be rosy if the right actions are taken now.
I also believe that the factories and skilled craftsmen from the motor manufacturers for instanc were chaged to the production of heat pumps and solar panels the scale of production would reduce prices dramatically. Not only this but we would be able to reduce the container ships coming from China and the far east. These ships are some of the largest Carbon producers of any form of transport. I could go on and on but as you can see I am so keen on the subject and want my Children and Grand Children to have a good future.
01 May 2009
You hit the nail on the head. The fastest way to generate change is through the market mechanisim. Government initaitives are almost always going to fall into the trap of wanting to be "see to do something". It horrified me to discover than heating our buildings was the single biggest source of CO2 emissions but it hasn't even been on the policy horizon until the past year. Making it easy for people to buy the best solution is certainly the way to go. Challenge with heat pumps is to make sure the "total solution" keeps people as warm as they are used to at lower or same cost. I personally think that wood fuel substitution gives a "easier" hit.