Geothermal and air source heat pumps
Greater use should be made of geothermal heating. A constant source of low intensity background heat makes geothermal a possibility for large scale community - shared energy distribution. The initial installation and set up costs would doubtless have to subsidized by the States of Jersey. Air source heat pumps are also worthy of consideration. These systems work well for home heating but would also require government subsidies to make them affordable. Increasing insulation in homes is one of the best ways of reducing home heating costs and one of the most effective. More publicity regarding energy surveys for homes and insulation methods would be useful.
Why the contribution is important
Anything that can reduce carbon emissions should be considered given the current climate crisis.
The aim of making our island carbon neutral by 2030 although a worthy aspiration is unlikely to be realised. Continuing unrestricted population growth, future large building projects including the need for thousands more homes and the ever growing number of oversized ICE vehicles on our roads can only serve to increase our overall level of emissions. Meaningful improvements to our public transport provision has been talked about for years. Very little has actually been done.
Much has been said in recent months about "things getting back to normal after the pandemic". Should that happen there is in my view little prospect of Jersey achieving carbon neutral status at any time in the future let alone by 2030
by TGray on February 08, 2021 at 08:53PM