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Vaillant calls for national rollout of £10m London boiler scrappage scheme

Manufacturer lends its support to programme seeking to replace less efficient commercial boilers with greener, more efficient appliances across the capital

Vaillant has called for a national roll out of the £10m commercial boiler scrappage scheme unveiled recently by Mayor of London Sadiq Khan.

The company has joined a number of other manufacturers in backing the Cleaner Heat Cashback scheme, which is intended to help smaller business curb energy needs while helping realise aims for the capital to be carbon neutral by 2050.

John Bailey, Vaillant’s sales director of commercial and renewable systems, said the initiative announced by authorities in London to replace old and less efficient commercial appliances could serve as the template for national approaches for more carbon neutral heating.

He said, “We would champion a national roll out of this scheme across other cities in the UK as we believe it will help to reduce energy wastage and unnecessarily inflated heating bills and contribute to the reduction in air pollution to provide a healthier environment for all.

“We look forward to supporting the installer network in London to deliver this scheme.”

The Industrial and Commercial Energy Association (ICOM) trade body has also welcomed the scrappage programme as a first of its kind initiative in the UK to realise London’s carbon reduction and air quality ambitions.

ICOM director Ross Anderson said that while there had been clear recognition that domestic heating was in need of decarbonisation, industrial and commercial systems were in need of support to ensure they can meet energy efficiency objectives.

Mr Anderson said that the introduction by the current mayor of a commercially focused scheme for boiler scrappage was expected to drive businesses to focus on additional commitments to lower their carbon footprints through heating. This could include new controls for appliances.

He added, “Non-domestic buildings in London are responsible for 44 per cent of carbon emissions and commercial gas consumption (gas boilers) are responsible for 7 per cent of London’s total NOx emissions. As transport is cleaned up, this percentage will rise, thereby bringing more attention to the sector.”

The Cleaner Heat Cashback scheme will provide between 30 to 40 per cent cashback to small and medium-sized companies that choose to replace older, polluting boilers. A higher percentage of cashback (35 per cent) will be made available to enterprises that choose to replace existing appliances with a renewable technology.

To be eligible, boilers must be 70 kW or more and over 10 years old if they are gas, LPG or oil. However, the scheme will replace coal or biomass boilers of any age. Replacement systems must be at least 90 per cent efficient gas or LPG boilers or connect to a heat network or renewable technologies, such as solar thermal, air or ground source heat pumps and have NOx emissions of 40mg/kWh or less.

Eligible businesses will be required to meet the EU definition of an SME. This would be a company with fewer than 250 employees and an annual turnover of under €50m can apply for the scheme here.

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