British Gas owner Centrica has called for a national heat pump installation drive over the next decade in order to meet the UK’s 2050 net zero target, arguing that a “proven technology [that is] available today” compares favourably with longer term and potentially costly plans to switch the gas network to green hydrogen. The energy giant yesterday set out its top priorities for delivering net zero emissions by 2050, offering the stark assessment that the UK is “not on course to meet our fourth carbon budget commitments to decarbonise homes and transport emissions”. As such it called for a raft of new green policy interventions that could help accelerate decarbonisation efforts and boost the economy as it seeks to recover from the coronavirus crisis. In a briefing note, Centrica called for the UK to set a goal to install one million heat pumps and hybrid electric-gas heat pumps by 2025, backed by a scrappage scheme for oil boilers, which it described as the “most polluting heating systems”. It also called for the Future Homes Standard – which is expected to ensure all new homes are fossil fuel free from 2025 – to be brought forward to next year, and argued that there should be an increase in support for green heating schemes and closer links between energy efficiency schemes and low carbon heating policies.
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