Heat accounts for over 50% of global energy consumption
Heat is a form of energy that determines the temperature, volume, and state (gas, liquid or solid) of a material. It can be transferred from one object to another, to raise or lower temperatures, and is most commonly transferred from warmer to cooler matter. It can be produced by converting other forms of energy such as fuel or electricity, in boilers, furnaces, pumps or electric heaters. Heat energy allows us to warm and cool our buildings, provides us with hot water and the ability to cook our food. Heat is also required for industrial production of steel, chemicals, food and drink. Heat accounts for a large proportion of global energy consumption as well as greenhouse gas emissions; the decarbonisation of heat is thus vital to reach emission reduction targets and is a driver of change in this sector.
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