The National Heat Study published by the SEAI provides a comprehensive assessment of the options available to decarbonise Ireland’s energy used for heating and cooling homes, businesses and industry.
The full report is available here: National-Heat-Study-Summary-Report.pdf (seai.ie)
In summary, the study shows:
An excessive dependence on fossil fuels for heating as emissions continue to rise.
An urgency to deliver climate targets for heating necessitates fast deployment of technologies available today.
A combination of district heating and heat pumps in homes, businesses and industry will play a vital role in fast decarbonisation.
The summary report also sets out the key insights from the scenario modelling developed via the National Energy Modelling Framework (NEMF). It details the challenges policymakers face across sectors and technologies and outlines the actions and decisions they can take now to deliver on the Climate Action legislation ambition.
National Heat Study Reports
The publication separates the insights and analysis from the study into eight reports, each providing a rigorous and comprehensive analysis of options for decarbonising heating and cooling in Ireland up to 2050.
The concluding report is called Net-Zero by 2050: Exploring Decarbonisation Options for Heating and Cooling in Ireland. It outlines the study’s key insights across scenarios that achieve net-zero emissions from heating and cooling.