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A future framework for heat in buildings: call for evidence

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A future framework for heat in buildings - call for evidence: government response

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Detail of outcome

We will develop a comprehensive policy framework to support this transition, building on the progress made by the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI). We will continue to support market growth, backed by standards. 

We propose to consult in 2019 on regulations, skills and training, and Part L of the Building Regulations for England.

Detail of feedback received

We received 136 responses, mostly from:

  • trade bodies
  • manufacturers
  • fuel suppliers
  • installers / engineers

Responses confirmed the importance of the role of government in realising this opportunity, and our responsibility to improve air quality and decarbonise vehicles. However the heating industry, energy suppliers, energy network operators and consumer advice groups are also vital to enabling the transition to low-carbon heating.  The evidence suggests that, alongside making properties more efficient, electrification offers the greatest decarbonisation opportunity for the majority of buildings off the gas grid. 

A clear message was that government should set a clear, long-term framework through regulation. Industry can then align their strategy and investment plans, and drive forward innovation in technologies and business models. Comparisons were drawn with transport’s commitment to end the sale of petrol and diesel cars from 2040, which has provided the automotive industry with clear direction and opportunities for growth. 

Original consultation

Summary

We're seeking evidence and views on action we can take during the 2020s to phase out high carbon fossil fuel heating in off gas grid buildings.

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Consultation description

The Clean Growth Strategy presented major policies and plans that will cut the cost of energy, drive economic growth, create high value jobs right across the UK, and improve our quality of life.

This call for evidence reaffirms that ambition by building on the commitment to phase out installation of high carbon fossil fuel heating in new and existing buildings off the gas grid, during the 2020s. The consultation document explains what we mean by this ambition, and seeks evidence on how we could implement it.

The heating industry has a vital role to play. It is essential for installers, suppliers and manufacturers in the coal and oil sectors to show leadership. Government will listen to, and work with, our experienced heating experts from all sectors of the industry. Our heating industry must retain 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. 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.

We are seeking evidence from across society, in particular from both consumers and the heat market:

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

This is essential so that we can explore the options available to take action during the 2020s and build consensus for that action.

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A future framework for heat in buildings: call for evidence

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Published 19 March 2018
Last updated 7 December 2018 + show all updates
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