The government has been told to establish a National Delivery Body to lead the development and implementation of a national heat decarbonisation strategy.
On 22 July, the CBI, in collaboration with the University of Birmingham, published Net Zero: The Road to Low-Carbon Heat, setting out how heat – the largest single source of UK carbon emissions – remains one of the most significant challenges in reaching the 2050 net zero goal. A National Delivery Body, working with the government, would create, coordinate and deliver an overarching national decarbonisation of heat programme. Its main element would be a Low-Carbon Heat Accord, providing key principles focused on reducing heat demand and increasing use of low carbon heating solutions.
The recent success in decarbonising the power sector has relied on relatively little consumer and business action, the report noted. In contrast, decarbonisation of heat will require business, government, regulators and communities to work together to shape the policies and delivery mechanisms required.
The report made a series of recommendations, including that government should provide a “detailed strategy” on how it plans to spend the £9.2bn earmarked for energy efficiency upgrades in the Conservative manifesto. It also called for a Low-Carbon Heating Scheme to replace the Domestic Renewable Heat Incentive with a grant system; for energy efficiency and heat to be designated as a national infrastructure priority; and that after 2025, all new boiler installations are either part of a hybrid system or hydrogen ready. No boilers capable of burning natural gas should be installed by 2035.