The Government has delayed its flagship policy on rolling out green alternatives to gas boilers amid concerns of a backlash over the costs. It comes amid concerns over how the country will reach its goal of net zero emissions by 2050 without hitting consumers’ bills. The heat and buildings plan, set to include a target date for the end to new gas boilers from 2035, had been readied for release last week. But it will now not be released until the autumn, as the Government tries to come up with new ideas to cushion the cost of switching to greener alternatives to gas boilers. Among the proposals in the strategy is a commitment to review the difference between electricity and gas costs, which currently mean greener heat pumps are on average £400 more expensive to run annually than gas boilers. That could see gas prices rise to make them more expensive compared to electricity. A carbon price on gas for heating is also under consideration, echoing a similar move in the European Union. Meanwhile, heat pumps themselves can cost up to £10,000, and often require costly insulation and retrofits to work effectively. One idea under consideration is a payout to lower and middle-income families who would be hit by higher gas prices, but would be unable to pay the upfront costs to switch to green heating. But there is disagreement within Government about whether such a policy would be affordable, with the Treasury said to be hesitant to commit funding, amid concern about backlash from its own MPs over public spending.
Telegraph 15th July 2021 read more »
The Heat and Buildings Strategy has been delayed until the autumn amid a stand off in Whitehall over the cost of the proposals, according to reports. Sky News reported this morning that the long-awaited strategy, which is expected to set out how the government intends to deliver the mass decarbonisation of the UK’s carbon-intensive building stock, will now not be published until September at the earliest. The much-anticipated document had been widely expected to be published before Parliament breaks for summer next week. A spokesperson from the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) did not confirm whether the strategy would not now be released until the autumn. Any delay to the strategy is set to disappoint environmental campaigners, green business groups, and opposition politicians, who have been calling on government to provide greater certainty for how it plans to deliver a mass green building retrofit programme that can decarbonise the UK’s homes and offices.
Business Green 15th July 2021 read more »
The IPPR Environmental Justice Commission is calling for the government to introduce a variety of new measures to create a fair transition that puts people at the heart. Among these measures – created following a series of citizens juries including people from different walks of life – is the recommendation to launch a £7.5 billion-a-year GreenGo scheme, which would be a financial one-stop shop to help households switch to green alternatives for heating, home insulation and transport.
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