Greenpeace, Friends of the Earth, CPRE and Possible propose ‘cash for clunkers’ scheme, and urge government to prioritise heat pumps over hydrogen in its green heating plans In a last ditch pitch ahead of the unveiling of the next phase of the government’s economic recovery package next week, green groups have written to the Chancellor today to urge him to prioritise investments that can decarbonise the nation’s housing stock. A letter signed by Greenpeace, CPRE, Friends of the Earth, E3G, and Possible urges Chancellor Rishi Sunak to transform the UK from “zero-carbon heat laggard to leader” by adopting a range of measures that can stimulate the heat pump market. The groups warn the decarbonisation of heat is “the biggest gap” the UK faces in meeting its net zero target. Space heating and hot water in buildings accounts for 21 per cent of the nation’s greenhouse gas emissions, they said, yet only 100,000 heat pumps were installed last year, a tiny fraction of the one million annual target required to meet the UK’s net zero target. The letter urges the government to commit to halving emissions from heating by 2030, an intermediate goal that would get the country “on track” to net zero. Ed Matthew, associate director at climate think tank E3G, predicted energy efficiency measures and the installation of heat pumps could create more jobs across the UK than any other capital infrastructure programme.
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