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Decarbonisation plans published by UK government

20 October 2021

More detail on how the UK government plans to meet its legally-binding commitment to achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2050 has been published.

This has seen considerable attention devoted to the grants it will provide from April next year to assist the change from gas boilers to heat pumps for domestic and social housing settings.

Industry experts have welcomed the initiative, while calling for more funding than is currently planned to assist a greater number of households to make the change.

The scheme is part of the government's Heat and Buildings Strategy, which is designed to see 30m buildings in the UK heated by low carbon systems by 2035.

Driving the change to low carbon heating systems will see improved EPC ratings, increased property value, create more than 200,000 job opportunities and make workplaces and homes healthier, says the government.

Greater numbers of heat networks is mentioned in the strategy document, along with the installation of hydronic heat pumps for those not currently connected to the gas grid.

The government has announced funding of £338m over the next two years in its Heat Networks Transformation Plan, which is intended to encourage more facilities to connect to district heating schemes.

Where these are unavailable, the government will encourage plant rooms to be adapted to use heat pumps or other low carbon heating options, including systems powered by hydrogen.

The Heat and Buildings Strategy also encourages a "fabric first" approach to improve insulation levels while reducing heat loss in buildings.

With more investment also being committed to low carbon electricity generation, storage and carbon capture technology, the strategy additionally advises that the use of systems relevant to these methods are compared to ensure the best option is chosen for each facility.

Those wishing to view the full version of the government's Heat and Buildings Strategy can do so here.

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