News | Published on 18th Nov 2020

Prime Minister sets out plans for Decarbonising Heat

The Prime Minister has made a real statement of intent with his recently launched 10-point plan for decarbonising the economy. The Heating and Hotwater Industry Council, HHIC, are encouraged by the balanced strategy, and in particular the support for decarbonising heating through hydrogen and heat pumps.

The plans to create a Hydrogen Town, generate 5GW of hydrogen and inject half a billion pounds represent a significant vote of confidence for the technology. Extending the Green Homes Grant is a welcome move. 

Stewart Clements, Director of HHIC said:

“HHIC members are leading in the manufacturing of low carbon heating appliances, so today’s announcement will give them real confidence in continuing to invest in heating products that will help the UK decarbonise.”

“A commitment to create a Hydrogen Neighbourhood in 2023 and a Hydrogen Village by 2025 also provides the opportunity for the industry to innovate further.”

“The Government aim to install 600,000 heat pumps annually by 2028 should also be applauded, and we will work with Government on how to make this work in practice.”

“HHIC are also very pleased to see an extension for the Green Homes Grant scheme. This should help the industry plan and invest in the future. However, we hope that BEIS will look at the governance of this scheme to make it easier for heating engineers and small companies to access, reducing the red tape would be a good first step.”