The Committee on Climate Change has just recommended that the heat pump market is scaled up over the next 10 – 15 years in advance of a fossil fuel phase out of boiler installations in 2033. By 2030, heat pump sales must reach over 1 million per year in new and existing homes.
This advice forms part of the CCC’s Sixth Carbon Budget, which calls for a 78% reduction in emissions between 1990 and 2035. The Budget also sets out the world’s first pathway for a fully decarbonised economy, tackling all sectors. Its Net Zero Balanced Pathway calls for building emissions to fall by 45%-65% by 2035.
Heat Pumps, as expected, have been highlighted as a critical technology for decarbonising homes and buildings while maintaining quality; the Government has advised that while some important decisions need to be made carefully over the next decade, ‘low regrets’ options, such as heat pumps in off-grid homes should be accelerated with urgency. This will require action from the Government to address the skills gap for heat pumps and energy efficiency installers.
NIBE Energy Systems is ready to support the Government in scaling up the supply chain and supporting installers and is committed to delivering heat pumps to homes across the country in preparation for net zero.
Phil Hurley, Managing Director at NIBE Energy Systems, said:
“Today’s Sixth Carbon Budget provides the Government with the route map it needs to develop its policy pathway to net zero. It is critical that this is provided as soon as possible to provide certainty and direction to industry. Installers and the wider supply chain are key to delivering on these recommendations; this must be recognised and acknowledged with urgency.
We have already seen some positive announcements from Government in recent months, including the target to deploy 600,000 heat pumps per year by 2028, and an emissions reduction of 68%. Today’s Budget sends a signal, however, that more must be done.”