HPA backs consultation on low carbon heat

Graham Wright
Graham Wright

The Heat Pump Industry has welcomed a government consultation on Future Support for Low Carbon Heat, published yesterday.

It included a proposal to make grants of £4,000 available for consumers wishing to replace fossil fuel boilers with heat pumps.

Chairman of the Heat Pump Association (HPA), Graham Wright, said: “We are pleased the government is proposing this important step to decarbonise the way we heat our homes, and thank the minister, the Rt Hon Kwasi Kwarteng MP, and his civil servants, for their constructive engagement with the HPA, and for developing these policy proposals on the basis of sound evidence and economic analysis.

“We are particularly pleased that the government has quoted our recent Industry Roadmap, published last November, within the consultation, and has adopted our proposal for a £4,000 grant per customer, to support heat pump uptake.

“The Committee on Climate Change has made it clear that the most cost-effective way for the heat sector to deliver the country’s legally binding carbon targets, is to ensure all new heating systems from 2035 are low carbon. Yesterday’s publication is an important first step in delivering that critical market transformation.

“Although there is further dialogue to be had during and after the consultation period, particularly on whether the overall levels of funding are sufficient to deliver the required growth, and ensuring that alternative policy support is developed for larger heat pump installations, today’s announcement is a most welcome step in the right direction.”