More money needed for retrofitting

“Today’s Heat and Buildings Strategy is a good start, though it doesn’t provide the full set of policies we need to get the built environment on track for net zero,” Comments Gillian Charlesworth, CEO of BRE, world leaders in built environment innovations.

“Moving away from gas for home heating is crucial if the UK is to meet its net zero targets, and we are pleased to see clear recognition that heat pumps are the technology most likely to get us there, as well as new investment to support low carbon improvements in public sector buildings and social housing.  

“However, there are still billions of pounds missing from the Government’s manifesto commitment of £9.2bn for decarbonising the built environment.   

“We had hoped for a replacement to the Green Homes Grant voucher scheme to provide private homeowner occupiers with support for fabric first measures like insulation. Privately owned homes are the least energy efficient part of the UK housing stock, and we would like to see fiscal incentives through council tax or VAT to encourage decarbonisation. These incentives, along with changes to business rates, will be equally vital for small businesses, who will also need a clear plan and support to transition to net zero.   

“The success of the strategy will depend on its implementation, and we need more detail on how the Government will support industry to train and retrain the hundreds of thousands of workers needed to retrofit Britain’s ageing housing stock, who will make a vital contribution to levelling up. The Government has another opportunity to outline its plans to address these challenges in next week’s Budget, which we will be watching keenly.”   

Recognition for the role of Heat Networks

The Manufacturers of Equipment for Heat Networks Association, MEHNA welcomes the Heat and Buildings Strategy that recognises the importance of heat networks as the way forward for sectors that will be difficult to decarbonise.  

Steve McConnell, Director, MEHNA comments: “Heat networks are an essential part of the decarbonisation approach. The technology is already available, and the carbon savings are being made. The £338 million funding for the Heat Network Transformation Programme is money well spent.” 

“Currently there are over 14,000 heat networks in the UK, providing heating and hot water to around 480,000 consumers. This is proven technology that will assist the UK to make carbon reductions and enable consumers to protect their heating and hot water comfort levels, safe in the knowledge that it is being done in the most efficient way possible.” 

“MEHNA and its members will continue to support government as the UK transitions to net Zero.”