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Energy: River Thames

Volume 689: debated on Tuesday 30 January 2007

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Whether they will commission a study on the potential savings of money and carbon dioxide emissions which could be achieved by using water from the River Thames as a heat source for heat pumps to serve public buildings adjacent to the river. [HL1540]

The department does not plan to commission such a study. However, we are aware of the costs and benefits of heat pumps and include them when considering the potential contribution of carbon-reducing technologies, eg for the energy efficiency commitment, or the proposed energy performance commitment. The River Thames and other large rivers are recognised as useful heat sources for heat pumps for both public and private buildings.