The clamour for action to decarbonise the UK’s heating supplies continues to grow, with two separate reports this week from major business and industry groups amplifying the urgent need for clear-sighted green heating policies to address what is widely seen as one of the single biggest challenges for building a net zero economy by 2050. First up, an expert panel spearheaded by the UK’s biggest business body, the Confederation of British Industry’s (CBI), has urged the government to ban the installation of conventional gas boilers in all homes and businesses from 2025, arguing this would help stimulate demand for much-needed low carbon heating technologies such as heat pumps, hybrid systems and hydrogen-ready boilers.
Business Green 22nd July 2020 read more »
A new Heat Commission convened by the CBI and University of Birmingham – with leading industry figures – has called on the Government to develop a National Delivery Body (NDB) to lead the development and implementation of a national heat decarbonisation strategy.
Birmingham University 22nd July 2020 read more »
The installation of new gas boilers must be banned from 2025 or the UK’s net-zero climate target will be “doomed”, according to a high-level commission convened by the CBI. The ban would apply to conventional gas boilers, but hybrid or hydrogen-ready boilers would be allowed under the business organisation’s recommendations, which were developed in collaboration with energy industry leaders. The commission also said that by 2035, no boilers burning any fossil gas should be installed into homes, with technologies including heat pumps and district heating being used instead.
Guardian 22nd July 2020 read more »
Wealthier pensioners should be stripped of their winter fuel payments and the savings used to improve energy efficiency in the homes of people on low incomes, the Confederation of British Industry recommends. Almost 12 million pensioners receive the benefit, which is worth up to £300 a year per household and costs taxpayers about £2 billion. The CBI wants the benefit to be means-tested. The employers’ organisation and Birmingham University set up a group to investigate ways of reducing the third of UK greenhouse gas emissions that come from generating heat for homes and industry.
Times 22nd July 2020 read more »