According to the UK Committee on Climate Change, replacing gas boilers in buildings with heat pumps is essential to that country reducing its carbon emissions.
As such, the plan is to install 600,000 units throughout the UK by 2020, and as many as 2.5 to 4 million by 2030. Doing so will help Britain stay on track for its climate change goals.
Unfortunately, according to a recent study by Dr. Colin Gleeson of the University of Westminster, there aren’t enough technicians capable of installing heat pumps to make it happen. He points out a lack of education, as there simply aren’t enough programs out there to train professionals in how to install heat pumps.
The heating industry is partly to blame, as many just haven’t bothered to learn this new technology, but what training does exist is haphazard and doesn’t follow a standard syllabus.
Although this is a particular problem, it has broader applicability. Apparently, the answer to climate change lies in reducing, if not reversing, carbon emissions. Lowering emissions and removing existing carbon from the atmosphere or the oceans will go a long way towards changing the dangerous climate trends that we’ve been seeing.
Of course, doing so requires new technology. It’s because of the existing technology that we’ve gotten to this point in the first place, so obviously we’re not going to fix the problem with what we’ve got.
As scientists and engineers develop ingenious new ways to reduce carbon emissions, we need to find the means to implement those ideas. In most cases, this requires adopting new technology, but that can be difficult.
As much as some of us may wish to take new technologies, the largest polluters, namely corporations and governments, have to adopt them as well, and that usually costs money, which those kinds of organizations want to save.
Even in situations where citizens can help, finding someone capable of installing this new technology can be difficult, and it’s generally up to governments to make sure that new technology is accessible and that the people working with it are properly trained.