Closed consultation

Phasing out the installation of fossil fuel heating systems in businesses and public buildings off the gas grid

Applies to England

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Summary

We're seeking views on proposals to phase out fossil fuel heating system installations in businesses and public buildings off the gas grid.

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Consultation description

This consultation sets out proposals to phase out fossil fuel heating system installations in businesses and public buildings off the gas grid during the 2020s, as committed to in the 2017 Clean Growth Strategy.

It seeks views on:

  • using the natural replacement cycle as the trigger for phasing out fossil fuel heating systems
  • introducing the policy using a phased approach with the largest buildings first, followed by smaller buildings
  • taking a heat pump first approach to the replacement of those fossil fuel systems
  • allowing the limited use of alternative low carbon systems where a heat pump is not suitable
  • the cost trajectory for the installation of these low carbon technologies and the ability of businesses to pay.

We welcome responses from all, but the consultation will be of particular interest to:

  • non-domestic building owners and tenants
  • low-carbon heating manufacturers and installers
  • grid operators
  • trade and business bodies
  • those with a wider interest in the UK’s net zero ambition

We plan to launch further consultations on the technical changes to existing regulations or guidance, or other legislation, needed to deliver this policy ahead of implementation.

This consultation was launched alongside the Heat and buildings strategy.

See the BEIS consultation privacy notice.

Please do not send responses by post to the department at the moment as we may not be able to access them.

Documents

Phasing out the installation of fossil fuel heating systems in businesses and public buildings off the gas grid: impact assessment

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Published 19 October 2021