The Heat Pump Association (HPA) has joined the Ground Source Heat Pump Association in backing a report from the Science and Technology Committee, which warns that the UK is in danger of missing its net-zero emissions targets.
The report, Clean Growth: Technologies for meeting the UK’s emissions reduction targets, outlines 10 key policy areas that need to be addressed if the UK is to deliver on its net-zero ambitions.
The Ground Source Heat Pump Association welcomes the BEIS publication of its response to The Renewable Heat Incentive – A Reformed and Refocused scheme consultation.
Today Baroness Neville-Rolfe made an important speech during which she underlined the importance of heat pumps in tackling the challenge of heating our buildings in the low carbon economy. She touched on heat networks, heat storage and heat recovery – all of which are uniquely well suited to promote ground source heat pump deployment at a large scale. To support this, she also announced the launch of several key consultations and the long-awaited publication of the reforms to the RHI.
"Simon Lomax, Managing Director of Kensa Heat Pumps, comments on the Government's response to the RHI Consultation published on the 14th December 2016."
“Kensa welcomes the proposed refinements to the RHI and trusts they will quickly receive parliamentary approval. It is encouraging that Government has confirmed its belief that ground source heat pumps are a strategically important technology and have offered more attractive support particularly for residential properties served by shared ground loops, a concept that has been pioneered by Kensa in the UK."
The government has announced a raft of new measures to help employers take on more apprentices including £60m to be spent on helping get young people from deprived backgrounds into work.
Employers with fewer than 50 employees will receive 100% of the cost of training apprentices aged between 16 and 18. This will also apply if they take on 19 to 24-year-olds who were in care or 19 to 24-year-olds with an education and health care plan.
The government also confirmed that just 2% of employers will pay into the Apprenticeship Levy – those with payrolls above £3m– and that the remaining 98% will receive 90% of apprenticeship training costs from May 2017.
New Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Department a welcome nod to joined up government says Nankivell.
“Few could have predicted the political upheaval that resulted from the BREXIT vote, or that we would now have a new Prime Minister and a radically restructured cabinet.
The UK’s fifth carbon budget, announced in parliament yesterday by Amber Rudd, Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, has set out a new legally binding emissions reduction target for 2030.
Phil Hurley, Managing Director at leading renewable heating manufacturer NIBE, has praised the carbon budget’s long-term commitment to tackling climate change – but has called for more robust action in the wake of the EU referendum.
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