According to OFTEC, the oil fired heating association, 75% of heating industry professionals believe the UK Government's 2050 heat strategy is unrealistic.
The survey showed that 70% of them believed that DECC's March 2013 strategy would mean that less than half of UK homes would be using renewable heating solutions by 2050.
The Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) was not popular. In fact, 67% of the respondents thought that the RHI was not the right tool to encourage homeowners to move to using renewable heat. The cost of upgrading oil fired systems to heat pumps was the main factor preventing people from installing them, along with the cost of insulation and controls.
OFTEC director general Jeremy Hawksley said:
“Cynically you could say that an audience with a keen interest in oil would take the opportunity to knock the government’s Heat Strategy and renewable technologies.
“However, OFTEC members fully support the UK’s transition to low carbon heat and recognise the increasing role domestic renewable heating technologies will play in the longer term. That’s why OFTEC has launched registrations and MCS certification for heat pumps and solar thermal systems, with biomass to follow later this year.
“But you only have to look at the current domestic RHI take up figures to see the scheme just isn’t working and that consumer support for renewables is falling way behind government expectations.”
“We believe a more pragmatic approach is needed which includes realistic and affordable carbon reduction and energy efficiency measures to encourage many more people to contribute to a low carbon future in the UK – particularly the elderly and fuel poor who are excluded from the RHI due to the high upfront costs of installing renewable technologies.”