The government aim of installing 600,000 heat pumps a year by 2028 could be at risk, unless certain barriers are addressed, MPs have warned.
On 21 December, Chairman of the Environmental Audit Committee (EAC), Philip Dunne, wrote to Energy Minister Kwasi Kwarteng, reflecting on evidence the EAC had heard during its inquiry on Technological Innovations and Climate Change: Heat pumps. The committee had identified a number of barriers that could impact the government’s plans, including the supply chain not currently being equipped to installing the number of heat pumps required, the current length of the Green Homes Grant, and the affordability of devices.
The EAC is therefore calling on government to fund a dedicated training programme to support a long-term strategy for education and training in green jobs and extend the Green Homes Grant beyond March 2022 in a bid to provide industry with the confidence to invest in skills and resource. Making it into a multi-year scheme could help to open up the heat pump market. The committee is also calling for a review of the policy costs across gas and electricity as this is something that could significantly improve the customer case for heat pumps, making them cheaper to run than gas boilers in many domestic settings.