The UK energy industry has urged the government to help kick-start a much needed decarbonisation of heating, warning that without rapid policy action the sector risks “being left behind both in terms of resources and focus”. The independent Committee on Climate Change (CCC) and a host of renewable energy bodies and green groups have previously warned urgent action is required to curb emissions from heat if the UK is to meet its medium and long-term climate goals. But today they will be joined by the UK’s largest energy trade body, Energy UK, in calling for bolder policy action to accelerate the roll out of green heat systems. Specifically, the group, which counts more than 100 energy suppliers, generators and stakeholders as members, will call for the reintroduction of zero carbon home policies, a review of the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI), and renewed support for testing a range of technologies to help shift away from fossil fuel heating sources. The report calls for a review of the RHI and other programmes for supporting low carbon heating systems before the end of the year in order to include a greater range of technologies, give more scope for private investment, and better target property developers, housing associations and other actors to encourage widespread adoption across buildings. It added that the review should reflect the findings of a recent National Audit Office report, which concluded the RHI had not delivered value for money for UK taxpayers. The Energy UK report also adds to a chorus of calls for a reintroduction of zero carbon home standard policies, arguing that a national energy efficiency campaign could be combined with changes to building standards to accelerate the roll out of low carbon heating systems and slash emissions from buildings. And, the report will call on the government to set out a plan to deploy low carbon heat solutions in properties that are most suitable for such measures, including the estimated 15-20 per cent of UK households estimated to be off the gas grid.
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