Ovo, E.ON, the Federation of Master Builders, Greenpeace, and Friends of the Earth among the organisations calling on government to make electric heat pumps for more affordable. Pressure is mounting on the government to set out how it will ensure households of all incomes can embrace low carbon heating systems as the decarbonisation of the UK’s buildings gathers pace over the coming years. Leading green campaigners, major energy suppliers, and trade associations have this morning teamed up to call on the government to back a ‘Fair Heat Deal’ that could slash the cost of installing and running electric heat pumps, the zero-emission heating technology seen as a key pathway to the decarbonisation of the UK’s 29 million homes. The campaign is calling for environmental levies to be removed from electricity bills to drive down the cost of running heat pumps, grants to be provided that makes the installation of the zero emission technology cheaper for consumers, free heat pumps and insulation to be provided lower-income households, and the axing of VAT on green home products and technologies.
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Households on low incomes should be supplied with free heat pumps in order to kickstart the market for low-carbon heating equipment and meet the UK’s climate targets, experts have told the government. Heat pumps can currently cost thousands of pounds to install, but the more that are installed, the faster that cost is likely to come down. They are widely regarded as the best way to replace the UK’s gas boilers and reduce carbon dioxide emissions from homes. More than 20 organisations representing builders and construction businesses, energy companies and civil society groups have signed an open letter calling for a “fair heat deal” that would ensure people on low incomes can gain access to heat pumps. About 14% of the UK’s greenhouse gas emissions come from heating the UK’s poor housing stock, most of which is also draughty and energy inefficient. The group also called for insulation to be made available to people on low incomes. Juliet Phillips, a senior policy adviser at the E3G thinktank, one of the organisations behind the call, said: “Moving from a gas boiler to a heat pump is one of the biggest carbon savings a household can make. But it must be affordable and we urge the government to support our fair heat deal to ensure no one is left behind in the green industrial revolution. If done right, the UK can lead the world in reducing carbon emissions from heat while slashing energy bills, boosting the economy and protecting the fuel poor.” The letter also called on ministers to remove environmental levies from energy bills, to ensure it is always cheaper to run a heat pump than a boiler, and for grants to all households not on low incomes, to ensure that the cost of a new heat pump is competitive with the cost of installing a new gas boiler. The signatories also called for the removal of VAT on green home products and servicers, and for changes to stamp duty to reduce the cost of homes that have been fitted with low-carbon technology.
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