Support 100 years of independent journalism.

Heat pumps: Norway roll-out offers lessons for Boris Johnson

What can the UK learn from successes in other countries?

Norway has the most successful heat pump roll-out in Europe, with the new systems installed in around 60 per cent of its homes. Meanwhile, the UK government has offered grants to help 90,000 households install heat pumps at home, but critics say there is more to be done.

In this final part of our special series on the politics of climate change, Anoosh Chakelian and the New Statesman‘s environment and sustainability editor, Philippa Nuttall, speak to former Norwegian energy minister Tony C Tiller to find out what the UK can learn from Scandinavia, and why Norwegians fear they might import the UK’s high cost of energy.

How to listen to the New Statesman Podcast

1. In your browser

You can use the player above to listen in your browser right now. The New Statesman Podcast publishes twice weekly, on Tuesdays and Fridays. All episodes are published to on the day of release. Subscribers to the New Statesman can access episodes a day early in our subscriber edition.

Sign up for The New Statesman’s newsletters Tick the boxes of the newsletters you would like to receive. The New Statesman’s weekly environment email on the politics, business and culture of the climate and nature crises - in your inbox every Thursday.

2. In a podcast app

The New Statesman Podcast is available on all major podcast apps including Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Acast, Google Podcasts and more. Search “New Statesman Podcast” in your favourite podcast app, and subscribe or follow to make sure you receive episodes as soon as they publish. While you’re there, please leave a review for the podcast – it helps others find the show, which in turn makes it possible for us to keep making it.

3. On your smart speaker

If you have an Amazon Echo, Google Home or Apple HomePod smart speaker, ask it to “play the latest episode of the New Statesman Podcast”. The same command also works with virtual assistants on mobile devices.

Content from our partners
Transport is the core of levelling up
The forgotten crisis: How businesses can boost biodiversity
Small businesses can be the backbone of our national recovery