Mike Thornton, chief executive of the Energy Saving Trust, looks at how to support the supply chain key for future green heating in the UK. Heat pumps are a key low carbon heating system that will help decarbonise heat in homes over the next decade. Meeting the challenge of installing these systems at the pace and scale required to meet net zero targets is crucial. In November 2020, the UK government committed to a new target of 600,000 heat pump installations a year by 2028 – one of the headline ambitions in Boris Johnson’s Ten Point Plan for a Green Industrial Revolution. The Scottish Government is also targeting a peak of 250,000 renewable heat installations a year in the 2030s, of which the majority are likely to be heat pumps. Meanwhile, the government’s independent advisors on the Climate Change Committee (CCC) have recommended a UK target of one million installations a year by 2030. While we welcome these commitments as an excellent step forward, it is worth highlighting that the government also raised the interim greenhouse gas emissions target for 2030 to a 68 per cent reduction on 1990 levels, up from 57 per cent before. This brings the interim target in line with the UK’s net zero by 2050 goal; however, it also increases the 2030 challenge by approximately 20 per cent.
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