Control panel of the gas boiler  for hot water and heating
Control panel of the gas boiler for hot water and heating

A group of environmentalists, academics and MSPs, including WWF Scotland and the University of Edinburgh, have called on the Scottish government to make investments in district heating, which would see household boilers replaced with shared boilers in order to provide heat to multiple homes.

The move would see a network of pipes installed in order to heat entire districts in the country, a system that is apparently popular in other European countries, the BBC reports.

It’s thought that this type of heating system would be able to slash energy bills and carbon emissions, with the groups arguing that if climate targets are to  be met 40 per cent of the heat demand in Scotland would have to be produced by renewables and district heating.

Mark Ruskell, Scottish Green energy spokesman, was quoted by the news source as saying: “District heating systems are commonplace in other European countries and Scottish ministers would do well to target capital investment at such schemes. Scotland needs to catch up quickly if we’re to meet our ambitions for a low-carbon society, tackle fuel poverty and create high quality jobs.”

Also known as heat networks or teleheating, district heating distributes heat that is generated in a central location for residential and commercial heating needs like water and space heating. Such plants can offer higher efficiencies and better pollution control than localised boilers, it is believed.

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