Do you know that communal heat pumps are being considered the answer to the problem of decarbonizing heat in both urban and rural areas? Gas boilers are currently used to heat 74% of homes in the UK and half of all homes in the US. These boilers contribute significantly to greenhouse gas emissions, making it essential to install more heat pumps to reduce global warming. The remote village of Stithians in southwest England is leading the way by piloting a new approach to low-carbon heating.

The project focuses on overcoming the obstacles faced by individual homeowners by designing a heat pump system that can be delivered at scale. By creating a system that can be used across different communities, the project provides a model for other urban areas around the world to follow. The UK government’s climate advisory body states that by 2050, 52% of UK buildings should be heated using heat pumps. In the US, heat pumps are considered the “single most impactful lever” for reducing emissions, according to a study in San Francisco.

The success of the Stithians’ project could be a blueprint for other communities to follow in their quest to decarbonize heating. Communal heat pump networks could provide warmth to individual homes while reducing greenhouse gas emissions, making them a crucial solution to the climate crisis.