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image credit: In episode 7, the team are joined by Alix Chambris and Brian Vad Mathiesen to discuss the potential pathways to decarbonise heating in Europe
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From FORESIGHT Climate & Energy, Watt Matters is a podcast all about the energy transition and the shift to a decarbonised economy.

The decarbonisation of the heating sector is subject to serious debate. With lots of potential options on the tables, choosing the correct pathway is difficult. Heat pumps, powered by renewables, seems to be the favoured option for the majority of Europe’s buildings, but their rollout is slow.

District heating and combined heat and power generation are proven alternatives, while the role of the incumbent natural gas is unclear. If it cannot be part of our energy future, is there an effective substitute?

In this week’s episode of Watt Matters, the team are joined by Alix Chambris, vice president of global public affairs and sustainability at Viessmann, a German manufacturer of heating and cooling systems, and Brian Vad Mathiesen, professor of smart energy systems at Aalborg University in Denmark.

We discuss the best ways to decarbonise heating, whether it is a good idea that green hydrogen technologies take on some of the heating demand and how the war in Ukraine is changing perceptions.

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