The Institution of Mechanical Engineers has published a report entitled “Heat Energy – The Nation’s Forgotten Crisis”. The lead author was Professor Ian Arbon, past Chair of the Energy, Environment and Sustainability Group (EESG) at the IMechE and Rupert Blackstone of Wattcraft and current Chair of EESG was one of the contributors.
When people think of renewable energy in the UK, foremost in their minds is generally renewable electricity. However we are far further away from meeting our renewable heat targets than we are our renewable electricity targets. We are also considerably worse than many other industrialised countries in following the energy hierarchy by trying to avoid the consumption of energy in the first place before we consider more sustainable heat supply. This report addresses our shortcomings and offers solutions to heat energy in the UK. The report is to be launched formally at, and supported by, an event planned to be held in Birmingham in October and preliminarily entitled “Heat Energy – Solutions, Strategy and Storage”. Further information will be made available on the IMechE website nearer the time.