Govt launches new national consultation on de-carbonising domestic heating network

Claire Perry, MP
Claire Perry, MP

The Brit-Govt yesterday launched a new consultation on how best to de-carbonise the domestic heating system (in England).

This contrasts with the warm words and vague pledges in last year’s Scot-Govt Scottish Energy Strategy.

With two years left, it’s now clear that Scotland won’t hit the 2020 target to get 11% of domestic heat from renewable energies.

Last year, the Scottish Energy Strategy published draft plans to increase that figure to 20% by 2030

Meanwhile, junior British government energy minister Claire Perry, MP, said: “Our heating industry must its position as a world leader, seeing this process as an opportunity to lead the change that is necessary, and not let the world change without them.

“This consultation is the first step, and in it I seek to explore the options available to take action during the 2020s and build consensus for action.

“But 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.

“We want to ensure that we understand what government, industry and consumers can do to reduce the barriers to the installation of clean heating systems. I want to reduce the reliance on subsidy, and I want to prepare the ground for the future.

“Phasing out high carbon fossil fuel heating may be a challenge, but it is also an opportunity for new jobs, new skills, and investment in innovation, as well as greater comfort and convenience for our households and businesses.

“Moreover, what we do now to decarbonise buildings off the gas grid may pave the way for future decarbonisation of the wider building stock.”

The Future Framework for Heat in Buildings consultation seeks evidence from across society, in particular from both consumers and the heat market and from:

  • those using or working with fossil fuels
  • those using or working with low carbon alternatives.

Reply by 11 June 2018 to:

Heat in Buildings Team Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy, 6th Floor, Abbey 2, 1 Victoria St London, SW1H 0ET

Email: buildingheat@beis.gov.uk

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