Report: Heat and Buildings Strategy Published
The government’s long-awaited Heat and Buildings Strategy was recently published to a good deal of media coverage, mainly focusing on the boiler replacement grants of £5,000 coming into play next year.
The heat and buildings strategy sets out the government’s plan to significantly cut carbon emissions from the UK’s 30 million homes and workplaces in a simple, low-cost and green way whilst ensuring this remains affordable and fair for households across the country. Like the transition to electric vehicles, this will be a gradual transition which will start by incentivizing consumers and driving down costs.
There are about 30 million buildings in the UK. Heating these buildings contributes to almost a quarter of all UK emissions. Addressing the carbon emissions produced in heating and powering our homes, workplaces and public buildings can not only save money on energy bills and improve lives, but can support up to 240,000 skilled green jobs by 2035, boosting the economic recovery, levelling up across the country and ensuring we build back better.
The heat and buildings strategy builds on the commitments made in Clean growth: transforming heating, the Energy white paper and the Prime Minister’s 10 point plan. This strategy aims to provide a clear direction of travel for the 2020s, set out the strategic decisions that need to be taken this decade, and demonstrate how the Government plan to meet our carbon targets and remain on track for net zero by 2050.