Will Most Buildings Be Completely Electric by 2050?

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A new report bolsters the case for widespread electrification of heat and hot water in buildings.

A new report by the nonprofit Rocky Mountain Institute finds that replacing onsite use of fossil fuels in buildings by efficient and flexible electric heating is a key component of the deep decarbonization necessary to limit global average temperature increase to 2°C.  It also can deliver cost savings, especially for new home construction, oil and propane customers, and homes that bundle electrification with rooftop solar.

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The report concludes that if our country is to reach decarbonization goals, it will require eliminating most or all of the pollution generated by the burning of fossil fuels in furnaces and water heaters, along with other measures. The report also reinforces the findings of an earlier NRDC study, which cites broad electrification of buildings, factories, and vehicles as among the ambitious but achievable actions needed to cut greenhouse gas emissions by at least 80 percent by 2050 and stave off the worst effects of climate change.

To learn more, see this blog by Pierre Delforge, who helps direct NRDC’s building decarbonization efforts.