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No hope for heat pumps? Gas Users Organisation backs hydrogen

The Gas Users Organisation has branded the government’s commitment to move from gas to heat pumps as ‘premature’ and ‘prohibitively expensive’. This comes on the back of the recent Future Homes Standard consultation, in which the government outlined a heat pump orientated future: “A low carbon heating system will be integral to the specification of […]

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No jab, no job – the right tactic for installers?

Pimlico Plumbers founder and former chief executive, now chairman, Charlie Mullins has told his workforce that if they fail to take a COVID vaccination they can forget working. Called a knee-jerk reaction, Whilst the below focuses specifically on plumbers, we question whether this the right tactic for installers on the front line? The Guardian reported […]

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Q&A – The Renewable Heat Finance Company

The Renewable Heat Finance Company can pay for up to 80% of your clients’ costs for a Heat Pump Installation, overcoming one of the biggest barriers to sale. Fancy working with them? You can. REI spoke with the founders, Richard Smith & Bobby Worcester, to find out a little more about what they offer… What […]

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The future of domestic Solar PV?

“Let me just jump into this.” So began my conversation with Frank Averdung. Talking to me in front of a virtual backdrop at his office in Brandenberg, Germany, the Oxford PV CEO was cheerful and upbeat, and why wouldn’t he be? His company has just been awarded an €8.8 million from the German government to […]

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REA & industry leaders call for domestic energy storage VAT cut 

In an open letter, the Association for Renewable Energy and Clean Technology (REA) and a coalition of industry groups have urged the Government to create a level playing field for home energy storage, in recognition of the technologies’ benefits in reducing carbon emissions. While there have been promising announcements and other technologies have rightly benefitted […]

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A resounding welcome for the Sixth Carbon Budget

December brought us the Committee on Climate Change (CCC) Sixth Carbon Budget, which calls for a 78% reduction in emissions between 1990 and 2035. It also sets out the world’s first pathway to a fully decarbonised economy, tackling all sectors, with a specific target for a building emissions reduction of 45%-65% by 2035. Good news […]

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NIA welcomes the Sixth Carbon Budget

National Insulation Association (NIA) welcomes the Sixth Carbon Budget – the world’s first roadmap for a fully decarbonised economy. The Committee on Climate Change has called for a reduction in buildings through a fabric first approach; by 2030, just over a third of emissions abatement should come through the installation of energy efficiency improvements. These […]

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Heat pump industry responds to CCC Sixth Carbon Budget

The Climate Change Committee (CCC) has produced another insightful piece of work with their Sixth Carbon Budget Report. Laura Bishop, chair of the Ground Source Heat Pump Association said: “There is a huge amount of content in the CCC’s report to gladden the hearts of the heat pump sector, with an ever stronger emphasis on […]

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NIBE Energy Systems ready to support installers in ‘scaling up’ heat pump market

The Committee on Climate Change (CCC) has recommended that the heat pump market is scaled up over the next 10 – 15 years in advance of a fossil fuel phase out of boiler installations in 2033. By 2030, heat pump sales must reach over 1 million per year in new and existing homes. This advice […]

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Hydrogen­ – a credible future in home heating?

It looks like the writing is on the wall for natural gas boilers following the prime minister’s announced intention to reduce emissions by 68% by 2030 compared with 1990 levels. Such an ambitious target cannot be tackled with heat pumps alone, so how to plug the gap? A crucial cog The case for hydrogen as […]

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