Pathways II: A low carbon roadmap for domestic heat, produced by the Heating and Hotwater Industry Council (HHIC), highlights the uncertainty surrounding existing carbon policies.
HHIC launched the report on Tuesday, 7 July at a Parliamentary breakfast event opened by Mr Chris White, MP for Leamington & Warwick, and attended by MPs, official from both the Department of Energy & Climate Change and the Department for Communities and Local Government officials, as well as HHIC members.
Director Stewart Clements said there were three factors that underlined the importance of what the industry needed to do and the rationale behind the report.
The first was the global imperative for action and the need for a strong long-term framework. The second centred around the challenge of reducing the UK’s carbon emissions and the uncertainty around the long-term future of existing policies. The third element was the strong record the heating and hot water sector has in delivering change.
“There are lots of technologies out there at the moment and new innovation, and this report brings all that together. It also recognises the importance of training and engaging installers, the challenge of retrofit and the importance of getting the balance of incentives right,” Mr Clements said.
“The Pathways report is about starting work immediately and how delivering on the recommendations will help consumers cut energy bills and live cleaner lives.”