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BEIS targets shift away from off grid high carbon heating during 2020s

Department has issued call for evidence to outline how best to step up efforts to find alternative solutions for heating off gas grid properties over the next ten years

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) is seeking evidence on how it can better realise aims of phasing out high carbon heating in off gas grid buildings over the next decade.

Claire Perry, the minister of state for energy and clean growth, said the call for evidence was a first step to set out a clear direction to reform heating policy during the 2020s in line with the broader aims of the government’s Clean Growth Strategy. The strategy is intended to decarbonise heating and energy needs across the UK up to 2050.

Ms Perry has argued that organisations working across all sectors of the heating industry were being invited to take part in the consultation to set out how to reduce a reliance off the gas grid for high carbon fossil fuels to warm new and existing buildings. Solutions adopted following the consultation could then potentially be expanded to on-grid properties at a later date.

Ms Perrt said, “I want to ensure that we understand what government, industry and consumers can do to reduce the barriers to the installation of clean heating systems. I want to reduce the reliance on subsidy, and I want to prepare the ground for the future.”

The consultation is open until June 11 and is intended to set out more immediate action that can be taken over the next ten years to meet the key targets of the 2032 carbon budget.

BEIS said, “The government set out an ambition to phase out the installation of high carbon fossil fuel heating off the gas grid during the 2020s, starting with new build.”

In line with the Clean Growth Strategy, evidence is being sought on the different approaches to long-term decarbonisation of heat and where they can be most effectively utilised. Outcomes from the latest consultation will form the basis of a report that is planned to be published in the summer.

BEIS added, “This call for evidence focusses on action that can be taken sooner to build on the gains made by the Renewable Heat Incentive and decarbonise off gas grid buildings, heated by high carbon fossil fuels such as oil and coal. Such buildings represent an opportunity for credible action in the nearer term towards the 2032 carbon budget.”

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