The much-anticipated Heating and Building Strategy, as part of a £ 3.9bn funding package, including a £ 450m boiler upgrade program, was published tonight (October 18).
The strategy was originally intended as two separate policy packages – one for heating and one for buildings – and planned for publication last year. After a delay in merging the two, delays related to Covide-19 and the conservative party controversy over the content of the strategy are finally here.
For families, the biggest announcement is a new three-year boiler upgrade program, in which homes can claim up to £ 5,000 each to help replace gas heaters with low-carbon heat pumps. The Department of Business, Energy and Industry Strategy (BIS) says homeowners pay the same amount for a new heating pump as a new boiler.
A total of £ 450m is being set aside for the grant program and BEIS hopes to allocate the money within three years.
He said the government will work with businesses to improve technologies and increase production to help reduce the cost of pumping. In the coming weeks, a ሚሊዮን 60 million innovation fund will be launched, with manufacturers competing for a share of small, cheap and efficient systems. The fund will be supported by Chancellor Rishi Sunak’s £ 1bn package for this year’s Zero Zero Technologies.
Recently, there have been reports that BAS is considering changes to the climate change tax framework, to reduce electricity prices and / or increase gas. More details now revealed: Consultation on possible action courses will begin next year.
BIS’s high demand for heat pumps is that by 2030 the cost and operational cost will be the same as that of gas heaters. A reduction of between 25% and 50% of the current levels is expected in 2025.
Houses currently account for one-fifth of the UK’s annual national emissions, mainly due to fossil fuels and energy shortages.
BEIS Secretary Quasi Quarting, for his part, said:
As technology improves and costs decrease over the next decade, we expect low-carbon heating systems to become clear, affordable choices for consumers. With our new assistance program, we will ensure that people are able to choose a more efficient option in the meantime.
Hydrogen bottom note
Hydrogen is not part of BEIS plans to reduce indoor temperature, especially in the recent past. The department said in a statement: “It must take immediate action to support future experiments and other research and innovation in our future heating systems, including hydrogen.”
Following the completion of a hydrogen village test supported by government and gas network operators in 2025, a decision will be made on the potential role of hydrogen in heating buildings.
What about non-residential buildings?
At this stage, the BIS has not published the full heating and building strategy on its website, so there is no information yet on heating commercial buildings and industrial processes.
This article will be updated with this information as I receive it.