Today the Heat Pump Association published a new report which NIBE Energy Systems is pleased to have contributed to. The report outlines the essential role of heating installers in achieving net zero and puts forward recommendations to support them in upskilling and retraining. Specifically, the Heat Pump Association sets out a proposed route to becoming a heat pump installer and seeks Government support to for low carbon heat deployment to generate demand.
The importance of installers to the transition to low carbon heating is paramount, they are the linchpin for the decarbonisation of heat. The upskilling of heating installers provides the potential for long-term job growth at the same time as helping to achieve net zero emissions; something that could form an important part of a ‘green recovery’.
Installers are the main contact with the homeowner and how installers engage with households is a fundamental part of the sector. The report however states that to achieve net zero, the number of trained heat pump installers must increase substantially.
These numbers will be achieved only if the Government puts a supportive and wide-ranging decarbonisation policy mix in place at the same time as industry efforts to ensure that the typical SME installer business is engaged and trained on heat pump installations. With a clear commitment from both industry and government this growth will be kickstarted. The Report contains five clear steps for installers to be trained to meet the new challenges we face in trying to achieve the UK goal of a zero carbon future.
Phil Hurley, Managing Director of NIBE Energy Systems said “As Vice-Chair of the Heat Pump Association, I fully support the recommendations outlined in this report and I am pleased to have contributed to the development of the proposals. The role of installers in meeting net zero cannot be underestimated. We are proud to be working with installers across the UK providing training and support, however Government will also play an important role in ensuring the right policy mechanisms are in place”.
The Report was published alongside two industry consultations on proposed training courses, seeking views from installers on the new training strategy for heat pump installers. Details of the consultations can be found here.
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