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We recap a busy week for green policy in the UK and Ireland

5 changes to green policy that you need to know about this week

There have been several important changes to green policy packages in the UK and Ireland this week. Here, edie rounds up the flurry of announcements.

The UK Government is notably targeting 600,000 domestic heat pumps by 2028

Low-carbon heat: UK's heat pump sales set to almost double this year

The UK's heat pump manufacturers have collectively placed orders with suppliers for more than 67,000 units this year - around double the number currently already in warehouses and on shelves.

The Heat and Buildings Strategy was promised by the end of 2020 - but time is fast running out

Heat Strategy: Government urged to spend £65bn on energy-efficient homes by 2035

Representatives from more than 200 businesses, housing associations, local authorities and trade bodies are urging Ministers to ensure that the upcoming Heat and Buildings Strategy mobilises enough finance to address "major" barriers to decarbonisation.

Businesses which apply for the extension will have until March 2022 to finalise their appliacations

BEIS gives businesses extra 12 months to apply for RHI

The UK Government has confirmed that it will extend the Non-Domestic Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) scheme by 12 months, in light of the impact of Covid-19 on the private sector.

Decarbonising home heating is essential to the net-zero transition, but will be a disruptive process

Report: UK's domestic heat 'extremely unlikely' to reach net-zero without policy overhaul

Some 10 million homes will need to have their fossil fuel heating systems replaced by 2035 if the UK is to meet its net-zero target - but the rate of government-supported upgrades is just one-fifth of this level, a new policy briefing has concluded.

Heat pumps, district heat networks and off-grid properties will be key focuses of the review

Green Finance Institute assembles businesses for zero-carbon heat taskforce

The Green Finance Institute has convened representatives of dozens of businesses alongside experts from local authorities, policy and science for a new taskforce tasked with decarbonising heating systems in the UK.

Heat accounts for one-third of the UK's annual greenhouse gas emissions

CBI: UK won't reach net-zero without 2025 ban on non-hydrogen-ready boilers

The CBI has warned that the UK is unlikely to meet its 2050 net-zero target without sweeping policy changes on heat, including the creation of a National Delivery Body and a requirement for all boilers to be hydrogen-ready by 2025.

The RHI was put in place by the Government as a means to convert 12% of UK homes to renewable heat by the end of 2020

Government planning to replace RHI with Clean Heat Grant

The UK Government has outlined its intentions to replace the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) with a new Clean Heat Grant that will aim to help households and businesses decarbonise through technology and push the nation towards its net-zero target for 2050.

The council, hosted by the REA, has called for full reassurance that UK production, imports and transportation remain open

Calls for Government to secure biomass pipeline during coronavirus outbreak

Associations from the UK's biomass fuel supply chain have called for the UK Government to ensure the sector can continue to deliver low-carbon heating to households and business facilities that are still open and under increased pressure due to the coronavirus outbreak.

Kwarteng also announced that the Government would consult on issuing tougher EPC standards for private-owner landlords

UK Government hints at RHI extension

Energy and Clean Growth minister Kwasi Kwarteng has claimed the Government is "absolutely committed" to exploring new support mechanisms for low-carbon heat in the UK once the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) expires in March 2021.

The association says there is a ‘huge untapped potential’ for capturing and using methane

Government urged to boost support for anaerobic digestion

Chancellor of the Exchequer Sajid Javid has been urged to provide stop gap funding to support the rollout of biomethane plants when the Renewable Heat Incentive scheme expires in 2021.

Bioenergy currently accounts for 7.4% of the UK energy mix

REA: Bioenergy must double UK mix share to safeguard security

The Government must ensure that bioenergy generation doubles to 16% of the UK's energy mix by 2032, if energy security is to be safeguarded and climate targets to be met.

According to the REA, technologies such as modern biomass boilers, biofuels and anaerobic digestion can create an affordable means to provide instant carbon reductions

Bioenergy a 'no regrets solution' to reaching net-zero, report says

Increasing the deployment of bioenergy renewable sources by more than 10% would enable the UK to affordably meet future carbon budgets while also overcoming an "impending nuclear gap", a new report from the Renewable Energy Association (REA) has found.

Government launches £320m scheme to help decarbonise UK's heat networks

The Government has launched a £320m scheme to help accelerate the adoption of low-carbon heat technologies across the UK's public, private and domestic sectors, on the same week that further tweaks to the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) were criticised.


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