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Baxi urges industry to action on CO2 reduction

The heating industry needs to undergo a radical shake-up if it is to play a role in helping the UK meet its carbon emissions reduction targets, a new report out this week has said.

In Heating Our Homes Sustainably: It’s Time to Make a Step Change, Baxi suggests that heating manufacturers have been far too dependent on the Government to “make the defi nitive
move in regulating and incentivising change”.

As a result, sales of microgeneration products remained in the few thousands year-on-year.

An extract from the report reads: “It is clear that if we are to bring the sustainable energy revolution of tomorrow into the homes of consumers, a step change in activity is required. The industry must not wait for these policy changes to come about of their own accord but must set
out the economic and environmental case in such a manner that they become the obvious or only solution.”

The boiler manufacturer uses the report to outline the heating technologies it believes must be rolled out across the UK’s existing housing stock over the next decade in order for the UK to meet its carbon reduction targets.

Solar thermal, ground and air source heat pumps, biomass boilers and micro combined heat and power technologies all offer signifi cant carbon and household energy savings, Baxi argues.

The technologies could also be used to provide an easy replacement for the UK’s estimated four million permanent pilot boilers.
Baxi said it had also identifi ed a range of fi nancial incentives that the Government, in partnership with industry, needed to introduce to establish a microgeneration mass market.

One incentive included maintaining – in the face of potential EU opposition – the reduced
rate of VAT for professionally installed microgeneration products.