Major renewable energy associations back WWF call for more ‘green heat’

REA Wood Heat AssociationBy DARA BUTTERFIELD

Three major renewable energy groups have come out in support of the World Wildlife Fund’s call for for stronger government action to tackle the carbon emissions from heating homes

The WWF-UK’s report ‘Warm homes, not warm words’ calls for stronger government action to tackle the carbon emissions from heating homes. It states that the roll-out of low carbon heat networks must be a “national infrastructure priority”. (See Scottish Energy News full report at – http://goo.gl/Yj7ows )

Mike Landy, Head of On-site Renewables, Renewable Energy Association, said: “Renewable heating has for too long been an afterthought in Government’s energy policy, so we are very pleased to see WWF calling for green heat to get the focus it needs and deserves.

“In particular, the green heating industry needs certainty that the Renewable Heat Incentive will be maintained and expanded to at least 2020 so that companies can invest in skills and supply chains.

“Retrofitting existing homes with energy efficiency and green heating technology is an urgent priority, helping reduce household energy bills as well as emissions. However, we also need to make sure that new homes won’t need retrofitting down the line.

“Building Regulations must future-proof new homes by making them truly Zero Carbon, which means building in their own supply of renewable heating and electricity.”

The Renewable Energy Association (REA) represents renewable energy producers and promotes the use of all forms of renewable energy in the UK across power, heat, transport and renewable gas. It is the largest renewable energy trade association in the UK, with approximately 1,000 members, ranging from major multinationals to sole traders.

Paul Barwell, Chief Executive, Solar Trade Association, said: “Solar heating can be the perfect complement to solar power. The RHI has made solar water heating more economically attractive, but limiting the benefits to just hot water does not realise the technology’s full potential.

“We’re urging the next government to expand RHI support to cover space heating, combined PV/thermal panels and swimming pools so that more people and businesses will be able to enjoy savings from sunshine.”

Julian Morgan-Jones, Interim Chairman, Wood Heating Association, said: “Modern wood heating is the fastest growing form of green heat in the UK. It is most attractive for farms, factories and larger homes, businesses and public sector buildings.

“While we work on ratcheting up skills and standards, we need the Government to provide certainty on the continued development of the RHI. At the moment, it’s missing a trick by excluding direct air heating for kilns and ovens.

“If this was included in the RHI, it would help UK factories reduce their costs and emissions.”

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