The LP Gas industry trade association, UKLPG, and OFTEC are urging energy ministers to reconsider the decision to exclude oil and LP Gas boilers from the Green Deal Home Improvement Fund.
“The decision to exclude LP Gas-condensing boilers from the list of measures available under the Green Deal Home Improvement Fund is a missed opportunity to drive up household energy efficiency, cut energy bills and deliver significant environmental benefits to rural communities that don’t have access to the gas grid,” comments UKLPG chief executive Rob Shuttleworth.
He added that rural off-grid consumers have to pay for both the Renewable Heat Incentive and the Green Deal Home Improvement Fund through their taxes, but with little prospect of being able to benefit - as those on the mains gas grid can - when, in fact, a new LPG condensing boiler will typically result in a 30% saving on fuel bills.
“Indeed, we understand that one of the key reasons DECC has chosen not to include LP Gas boilers as eligible systems within the Green Deal Home Improvement Fund is because they want to prioritise delivery of renewable heating systems to the off-grid sector,” Mr Shuttleworth added.
Jeremy Hawksley, director general of OFTEC, said: “A simple oil boiler scrappage scheme would go much further in encouraging homeowners to take the first, manageable steps towards a more fuel efficient, lower carbon future than complex and expensive initiatives such as the recently launched domestic Renewable Heat Incentive and flagging Green Deal. The government should be concentrating on realistic and practical solutions to this pressing issue.”
Mr Hawksley continued: “Whilst OFTEC fully supports the need to reduce CO2 emissions from heating and recognises the potential of an RHI policy, the much-publicised domestic scheme looks set to suffer the same fate as Green Deal with low take-up as the majority of rural households simply will not be able to afford it.”