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Heat in buildings: government responds to call for evidence

Tom Lusher Analyst

On 7 December 2018, the Department for Business Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) published the government’s response to heat in buildings in A Future Framework for Heat in Buildings – Call for Evidence: Government Response. It emphasises that the future of decarbonising rural homes and businesses off the gas grid is via the electrification of heat. Context In March 2018, BEIS published a call for evidence that sought views on how industry, government and consumers could collaborate to decarbonise heat in rural homes and businesses situated off the gas grid in the 2020s. These properties tend be heated by high-carbon fossil fuels, such as oil. The challenge of this phase-out is unique in the sense that heat in rural settings is diverse, disaggregated and consumer-led. This consultation stems from the benefits that the industrial strategy aims to deliver, namely: affordable and clean-energy in a low-carbon economy. It also ties into the Buildings Mission announced as part of the Clean Growth Grand Challenge. This aims to halve the energy use of all new buildings by 2030, including those off the gas grid. Progress in decarbonising rural heat supply will also contribute to meeting the carbon budgets.   To date, the most significant practical action taken by government to decarbonise heat has been the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI). £4.5bn will be spent between 2016 and 2021 to support low-carbon heating technologies in domestic and non-domestic properties. These include measures such as heat pumps and solar water heaters. The Clean Growth Strategy moves beyond the ...

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