Beginning of the end for oil heating systems?

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Published: 13 October 2017


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HPA President Mike Nankivell
​The Heat Pump Association (HPA) has welcomed government plans to phase out the use of oil to heat buildings and produce hot water.

Claire Perry MP, Minister for Climate & Industry, said during a briefing that the government intends to phase out the use of heating oil to heat buildings and domestic hot water during the 2020s, in both domestic and non-domestic heating systems.
Mike Nankivell, President of the HPA, said: “This momentous announcement is vital to assist in cleaning up the emissions from UK heating systems. It is extremely welcome as it gives much needed insight into the direction of travel and enables businesses to plan for the future, whether a supplier or a consumer. 

“In addition it demonstrates clear intent by the government to seriously tackle the issue of relatively high carbon emissions from heating systems using oil as the predominant fuel and should act as a precursor to other fossil fuels which produce relatively high emissions.” 

The details of how the phase out is to be achieved have yet to be determined, but the announcement in the government briefing Building on the UK’s Clean Growth Credentials is seen as a path to eventual regulation. Focus initially will be toward new build but will then be directed to existing building stock heated by heating oil.