Decarbonising homes: three policy developments

07 October 2020

1. BEIS Select Committee inquiry

On 2 October the Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) Select Committee launched a new inquiry into decarbonising heating in homes. 

The inquiry will consider a range of issues including:

  • What needs to be covered in the government’s forthcoming Heat and Buildings Strategy.
  • Which green technologies are viable.
  • How costs can be shared between consumers, taxpayers, providers and the government.
  • How to overcome the many barriers to large scale retrofitting including the lack of consumer demand.

You can find out more on the Committee's website.

As part of our submission to the government’s Spending Review, the NHF has been calling for a retrofit revolution. We are already exploring many of the issues the Committee will be examining with members and will be responding to the call for evidence on behalf of the sector.

If you want to feed into the NHF submission please contact us

2. The Green Heat Network Fund

In March the Chancellor announced £270m of new funding for a Green Heat Network Fund. This will enable new and existing heat networks to adopt low carbon heat sources. The government is currently consulting on the design of the Fund, you can find out more on the government's website.

The NHF will not be responding directly to the call for evidence, as there will be a second consultation later this year. However, we would encourage members where appropriate to consider submitting individual responses.

3. Energy Performance Certificates (EPC) action plan

In 2018, the government consulted on how well the EPC system was working and invited views on how the system could be improved. The results of the consultation were published on 30 September on the government's website.

As part of the consultation response, an action plan has been released. This sets out a number of changes and actions designed to deliver a system that produces more accurate and reliable EPCs, that engages consumers, that better supports policies designed to cut carbon emissions and that deliver a better data infrastructure.

You can now download the action plan.

We understand there will be further engagement and consultation on elements of the action plan going forward.