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Politics Home, which is a UK-based outlet, and The Parliament Magazine, which covers the European Parliament in Brussels, warn that thousands of businesses in rural areas across the UK and Europe have been badly affected by the COVID-19 lockdown, and could face further hardship as a result of the upcoming recession.
The outlets argue that many of these businesses need large amounts of space and process heat, such as hospitality or tourism facilities, food-processing industries, or farms.
These industries, situated off the gas grid, will increasingly be required to switch from high carbon and pollutants energy sources; however, their options for decarbonisation are limited.
Now more than ever, economic recovery measures should facilitate their transition to affordable and lower carbon solutions.
Rural consumers need affordable options, particularly those living in the roughly one third of rural homes which are ‘hard to treat’, where heat pumps alone are insufficient for heating homes.
Parliament Magazine - Affordable decarbonisation of rural businesses and industries
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