In 2020 the UK was installing just 6 per cent of the government’s annual installation target of 600,000 heat pumps per year by 2028. In its forthcoming heat and buildings strategy the government needs to stump up the cash, set robust standards, support skills development, and communicate, communicate, communicate, if the UK is to be successful on the home front on the climate crisis. New IPPR analysis (figure 1.1 below) shows that, for existing homes, there is significant ground to make up between the current number of energy efficiency and heat pump (the anticipated dominant low carbon heat technology by 2050) upgrades and the number of the installations that will be needed by 2028 and 2030 as set out by the Climate Change Committee (CCC). Not only is the UK installing 6 per cent of heat pumps compared to annual installations needed in 2028, it is only installing 9 per cent of the cavity wall insulation needed, less than 3 per cent of loft insulation and less than 2 per cent of solid wall insulation.
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