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Report offers advice on future energy strategy

Following on from its Pathways for Domestic Heating report published in 2013, the Heating & Hotwater Industry Council (HHIC) will publish a new document advising how the next UK government on its energy strategy.

Pathways II: A low carbon roadmap for domestic heat will be published this summer and will state that “the UK government must make a long-term commitment to a single workable energy strategy if we are to deliver low carbon heat”.

It will include a number of recommendations, including innovative finance packages to support the use of appropriate new technologies, assisting installers in engaging with homeowners and relevant schemes and streamlining government policies to make them more attractive.

Written with the cooperation of the heating industry, supply chain and government officials, HHIC said it will use the report work with the new government in the formation of its long-term energy aims.

HHIC director Roger Webb, pictured, said: “No one is arguing that we need to reduce the carbon emissions from heating, but there is still debate about how this can be achieved practically and in a form that delivers for the government, the industry and most importantly the consumer.

“This report starts with the premise that an all-electric scenario is unrealistic and identifies practical steps that need to be taken to make low carbon heating a reality. It outlines specific actions that need to be taken, be that government policy through to the development of new products.”