The government has announced that it is launching a consultation on the future support for low carbon heat given that decarbonisation of heat is one of the biggest challenges that the country has to face in hitting climate targets..
Heating our homes and businesses, and industry, accounts for one-third of all greenhouse gas emissions in the UK and this new consultation will consider proposals to tackle this, such as a Green Gas Support Scheme that will increase the proportion of green gas in the grid by supporting biomethan injection.
Other suggestions include a Clean Heat Grant with support for heat pumps and biomass (in certain circumstances), as well as budget control and financial management of spending proposals for green gas and buildings technologies.
Views are now being sought on these proposals, with the consultation due to close on July 7th. The recommendations will also interact with Renewable Heat Incentive schemes, with the government recently announcing an extension to the domestic RHI for another 12 months to March 31st 2022.
“The government is aiming to publish a Heat and Buildings Strategy later this year, which will set out the immediate actions we will take for reducing emissions from buildings. These include the deployment of energy efficiency measures and low carbon heating as part of an ambitious programme of work required to enable key strategic decisions on how we achieve the mass transition to low carbon heat,” it was noted.
A range of measures are being considered to improve energy efficiency, with more than £9 billion of support pledged over the next ten years separately from these proposals.
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