Low Carbon Heat Roadmap 2020 – Transition to low carbon heating
Minister for Climate Change, Lord Duncan of Springbank, announced on 15 October 2019 that the government will publish a Low Carbon Heat Roadmap in 2020 to plot the path to Net Zero by 2050 for domestic heating.
The first step toward the Low Carbon Heat Roadmap is in setting out the Future Homes Standard for new-build dwellings. This is critical to decarbonisation of heat by electrification using heat pumps. The consultation acknowledges the significant reduction in the carbon factor for grid electricity, which removes a large barrier to the uptake of heat pumps.
The Future Homes Standard consultation sets out the plans for achieving the Future Homes Standard, including proposed options to increase the energy efficiency requirements for new homes in 2020 as a first step towards the full Future Homes Standard which is due to be introduced by 2025.
Responses to the Future Homes Standard Consultation are expected by 10 January 2020.