HPA backs warning of zero-emission shortfall
UK: The Heat Pump Association (HPA) has backed warnings from the UK government’s Science and Technology Committee that the UK is in danger of missing its net-zero emissions targets.
Among 10 key policy areas addressed in a new report published yesterday, the Science and Technology Committee criticises a lack of consultation on improving energy efficiency and a lack of a replacement for the Renewable Heat Incentive.
The report – Clean Growth: Technologies for meeting the UK’s emissions reduction targets – refers to the lack of consultation on improving energy efficiency in relation to building regulations, despite the Government claiming it would do so after the zero-carbon homes policy was axed in 2015. Also highlighted is the Renewable Heat Incentive, which is due to close to new applications in 2021, with no replacement scheme announced.
The report also calls for a clearer strategy for decarbonising heat, such as large-scale trials of different heating technologies like heat pumps.
“We keep hearing from all quarters that action needs to be taken now if we are to meet our net-zero emissions targets. However, this is just not happening,” commented HPA chairman Graham Wright. “If the government gave some clear direction in these areas, then industry and the market in general will respond. We hope this report spurs the government into action on these issues as a matter of urgency.”