The Prime Minister’s 10 Point Plan has offered significant optimism to those working across the low carbon heating industry. The Green Homes Grant scheme which launched in September is a much-needed intervention for homeowners and installers and the news of its one-year extension couldn’t have come any sooner.
The scheme has already demonstrated a clear need and demand for energy efficiency measures in homes across England, whilst highlighting the challenges of widescale deployment. The extended timescale will provide industry with further confidence to deliver the Government’s target of 600,000 homes whilst creating thousands of green jobs for the future.
I am hopeful that this signal is strong enough to encourage heating installers across the country to retrain and upskill in heat pumps in preparation for the years ahead.
It is also promising to see the Government’s commitment to rolling out 600,000 heat pumps every year by 2028 as part of plans to improve the efficiency of homes and public buildings. This is a huge step in the right direction considering that just 27,000 heat pumps installed in 2019.
However, we will need to see these targets ramped up down the line to meet over 1 million installations per year by the mid-2030s. Those are the figures needed to deliver the 19 million heat pumps the net zero target necessitates, according to the Committee on Climate Change. [i]Furthermore, along with necessary grant provision, it is important that the Government delivers boldly on its Future Home Standards along with tightening regulations in the retrofit heating market.
NIBE is right at the heart of the low carbon transition and is committed to delivering low carbon heating to homes and buildings across the country. After a long and difficult year for many, the announcements made today provide hope that positive change is underway.