Kwasi Kwarteng has embarrassed the EU by casting doubt on the bloc’s energy ambitions.
THE EU’S energy ambitions have been called into question after the UK’s Business and Energy Secretary, Kwasi Kwarteng, declared that heat pumps are “not substantially worse” than gas boilers.
In 2020, the European Commission predicted that low-cost renewable electricity, such as heat pumps, would power more public transportation and buildings.
“Electrification is to play a significant role in buildings, in particular through the roll-out of heat pumps for space heating and cooling,” the commission stated. The commission also said that by 2030, heat pumps should account for 40% of heating solutions in residential homes and 65% of heating in commercial buildings.
The most significant impediment to overcome, according to the panel, is the greater taxation of electricity compared to heating oil, gas, and coal.
Furthermore, CEOs of key European energy companies stated last month that the European electrical infrastructure can support 50 million heat pumps.
They also claimed in a letter to the European Commission that switching from boilers to heat pumps would lower building energy consumption by more than 66 percent and heating-related CO2 emissions by at least 60 percent.
Mr. Kwarteng, on the other hand, claims that the proposed green gas heating alternative is inferior to regular boilers.
While gas boilers have been “fine-tuned over many years,” he told the Telegraph, heat pumps are still in their infancy.
“I don’t think heat pumps are significantly worse than boilers,” he continued.
“All I’m saying is that they could be better if more money was put into them.”
Mr. Kwarteng is the cabinet minister in charge of carrying out the Conservative Party’s pledge to cut net greenhouse gas emissions to zero by 2050.
The minister emphasized that the government can accomplish its targets of lowering net greenhouse gas emissions to zero by offering incentives for businesses to invest in heat pump production in the United Kingdom.
Furthermore, the legislation would spur economic growth and create new jobs, according to the minister, while also lowering the cost of technology “quite quickly.”
Mr Kwarteng, on the other hand, revealed that he still uses a gas boiler, despite his plans to replace it with a heat pump.
“I have a gas heater, but I am in a position where I can afford to switch since I earn a certain amount of money,” he explained.
“However, I would.” “Brinkwire Summary News.”