The government has announced plans to stop sales of coal and wet wood for domestic heat, as it seeks to cut emissions of PM2.5 particulates.
The majority of a £90m government investment into alternative energy projects intended to move away from carbon intensive heating for homes will be focused on building two new hydrogen plants.
Heat network provider Switch2 Energy has welcomed government commitments to introduce fresh consumer protections and further funding for district heating projects.
BESA has appointed Helen Yeulet as director of training to overhaul the organisation’s focus on skills programmes and how it supports apprenticeships working in the built environment sector.
The Mayor of London’s Office has announced a £3.6m programme to support the retrofit of public sector-managed homes to incorporate lower-carbon heating, insulation and alternative energy solutions.
A second reading of a bill to ensure that every home in the country by 2035 is within the top three ratings categorised by Energy Performance Certificates (EPC) has been heard in the House of Lords.
The convergence of smart metering, heat pumps and software that is purposefully designed to manage energy demand could provide a seismic change in the industry and expand the appeal of such technologies over the coming decade.
Plans to appoint Ofgem as the regulator of heat networks in the UK has been proposed in a new government consultation focused on expanding uptake of such systems.
A new Environment Bill proposed by the government should be used to introduce strong, legally binding targets for improving Indoor Air Quality (IAQ), BESA has said.
The Heating and Hotwater Industry Council (HHIC) is urging government to be ‘technology agnostic’ when finalising its Future Homes Standard that is currently under consultation.