The government has launched a Call for Evidence on its plans to phase out high-carbon fossil fuel heating systems, such as coal fires and oil burners, over the next decade. In a document released yesterday the government offered more detail on its plans to halt the installation of oil and coal heating systems from the 2020s onwards, starting with new build properties. Currently around 1.1 million homes in Great Britain are heated using oil, many of which tend to be large and inefficient rural houses. Oil is the most carbon intensive heating option for properties not connected to the central gas grid, and thus is a key starting point for decarbonisation efforts. In addition, around 170,000 homes rely primarily on coal or other solid fuels for warmth. The findings will be used to develop a framework to follow on the from the existing subsidy scheme the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI), which is scheduled to close to new applicants in 2021. The government said it will also seek to address market barriers to make the installation of cleaner alternatives to oil and coal cheaper and easier, to reduce the reliance on subsidies for renewable heat going forward.
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The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) has issued a call for evidence to “prepare the ground” for the decarbonisation of heating. The consultation will explore the range of actions available for the government to take over the next decade to drive the rollout of low-carbon heating systems, whilst reducing the current reliance on subsidies. “This is an ambitious change to the way millions of people heat their homes and businesses and presents a significant market opportunity,” wrote energy and clean growth minister Claire Perry in the ministerial foreword. “However, this is also something that must be done if we are to meet our legally binding carbon targets, improve air quality and ensure that everyone has a warm, comfortable home. This call for evidence is the beginning of a long journey, and I am committed to bringing everyone with us.” Perry said it was “imperative” for the government to collaborate with the industry to bring about the transition. “However,” she added, “it must be understood that we will not be heating our buildings in 2050 by setting fire to the same substances people burned in the Victorian era…
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