Heat and Buildings Strategy
Alok Sharma, the Secretary of State for BEIS, plans to publish an Energy White Paper called the Heat and Buildings Strategy this autumn alongside the Chancellor's Autumn Statement.
Bold action will be needed as currently less than 2% of UK homes have any form of low carbon heating and still over 1,600,000 gas boilers are being installed each year in the UK.
The share of renewable heat in the UK is almost the lowest of any country in Europe.
With the large reduction in the grid carbon factor the electrification of heat is the way to go and that means installing heat pumps.
Experience from countries like Sweden and Finland shows that once fossil-fuel heating is no longer the cheapest option, the market changes rapidly. However, the UK still imposes significant taxes and environmental levies on domestic electricity, but almost none on gas.
The opportunity for the UK to decarbonise heating is very large. Doing so will cut carbon, improve air quality and people's comfort and health, and help to achieve our Net-Zero targets.
Action needed on the Fiscal Background to UK energy prices
The Chancellor needs to readjust the Fiscal Background to energy prices if he is serious about preparing for Net Zero carbon emissions.
It will not be possible for Alok Sharma to invite the world to CoP26 in Glasgow – with a straight face – until the Fiscal Background is corrected.
See also Sustainable energy
See also Renewable Heat Incentive