Category Archives: Opinions

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Installers to play a key part in low carbon heating transition

Managing director of NIBE Energy Systems, Phil Hurley highlights how installers will play a key part in the low carbon heating transition, but that government must lead the way. A new report from Leeds University revealed the top ten ways to reduce our carbon footprint this month and it is no surprise to see heat […]

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OFTEC: What could be coming down the road?

To drive through the changes needed to reach its carbon reduction targets, the government will need to shake up the current way that things are done in the heating industry. OFTEC has dusted off its crystal ball and here considers a few of the most likely policy options the government may consider. The last decade […]

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Decarbonising heat: some positive steps but a long way to go

Dave Sowden, chairman of Ecuity Consulting and strategic advisor to Sustainable Energy Association discusses the UK’s progress in decarbonising heat. The legislation of the UK’s net zero target last year positioned us as leaders in the climate debate, but how do we go about decarbonising Britain in just thirty years? With the built environment answerable […]

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Opinion: What the CHG means for biomass

In light of the Clean Heat Grant (CHG) proposal, Bruce Allen, HETAS CEO shares his thoughts on what this means for biomass. What biomass installations are covered by the grant, and what isn’t? It is proposed that the Clean Heat Grant will cover biomass installations to provide space and water heating in certain circumstances where a […]

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Opinion: Why the CHGS is ‘a step in the right direction’

Rory Mathews, economic analyst at Ecuity Consulting LLP discusses why the CHGS is ‘a step in the right direction’. The language used in the Government’s recently released ‘Future Support for Low Carbon Heat’ consultation might be considered as ‘music to the ears’ of long-time advocates for heat decarbonisation. There was a clear recognition of a central […]

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Budget 2020: What does it mean for clean energy? 

The Solar Trade Association has criticised the 2020 Budget Announcement for not going far enough to support “the transition to a low-carbon economy”.  Having called on government to deliver a Budget that unlocked the potential of solar energy in the UK, the STA described Chancellor Rishi Sunak’s announcement on March 11 as “thin on measures […]

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What does the solid fuel ban mean for renewables?

In February, the government broadcast that the sale of the most polluting fuels burned in household stoves and open fires will be phased out in England from 2021, in order to clean up the air.   Plans for the ban were first announced 18 months ago, but the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs has now confirmed it is […]

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Is hydrogen the future of home-heating?

With more countries including the UK, adopting net-zero emission goals, companies and governments are investigating whether replacing fossil fuels with hydrogen could be the answer to cleaner domestic heating. The Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government invited comments on plans to reduce emissions from new homes built after 2025. The frontpage proposal is aimed […]

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Heat pumps – more than just a renewable heating solution?

The Climate Change debate and the obvious need to reduce energy use mean that Heat Pumps on a commercial and industrial basis are becoming increasingly relevant. However, the application of Heat Pumps on a wider retrofit basis, to reduce energy costs and carbon emissions for existing buildings and processes, can be restricted due to the […]

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ECA’s Luke Osborne optimistic about technology’s role in low-to-no-carbon future

Luke Osborne, the Energy and Emerging Technologies Solutions advisor at ECA, sees many opportunities and solutions ahead on the road to a low-to-no-carbon future, but the correct measures must be firmly in place first. In the past decade, renewable energy has undergone a considerable shift within the UK. Having once been a virtual non-entity, it […]

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