NIBE backing for Clean Growth Strategy


12 October 2017
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Phil Hurley of NIBE Energy Systems
NIBE Energy Systems has welcomed the launch of the Government’s Clean Growth Strategy and shared its own policy paper highlighting what it believes is required drive the installation of renewable energy systems and ensure that all homes can accommodate low carbon heating in the future.
The paper looks at opportunities to use heat pumps, initially in the off gas grid market, which is dominated by carbon intensive fuels such as oil and coal that the Government aims to transition away from.
Managing Director Phil Hurley said: “There has never been a better time for the UK to champion heat pumps in domestic applications and to encourage greater market penetration of such heating systems, learning from what our European counterparts have achieved. It is our aim to work with the Government to encourage homeowners to replace fossil fuels with renewable heating systems, thereby unlocking the potential for homeowners to make significant contributions in reducing UK carbon emissions.”
NIBE’s paper provides five policy recommendations which support the Clean Growth Strategy:
  1. Ensure homes built today are constructed to modern standards which should enable low carbon heating systems to be easily and cost-effectively installed. This is particularly important in off-grid areas 
  2. Target off-grid properties with either regulation (mandating a carbon intensity value for the heating system) or by pricing the emission externality to facilitate a shift away from the most carbon intensive fossil fuels. 
  3. Help tackle the upfront cost barrier by providing some of the domestic RHI subsidy as an upfront payment, or by supporting an oil/coal boiler scrappage scheme. 
  4. Engage the installer base. Reduce the barriers they face and provide incentives to offer heat pumps as an alternative technology in off-grid areas.
  5. Build policy which takes advantage of the flexibility and load shifting services that heat pumps can provide to the National Grid. Enable time of use tariffs so the smart heat pumps can adjust usage based on grid and market signals.
Phil Hurley added: “It is evident that the UK heat pump market is not achieving its full potential and this needs to be addressed as a matter of urgency. It is imperative that the discrepancies on specific targets are challenged and that policy is written to support this.  By targeting off grid areas to remove expensive, inefficient and unsustainable oil systems, the Government can make homes warmer and more comfortable whilst reducing our carbon footprint and reliance on polluting fuels.

“We remain committed to raising awareness for positive change and the implementation of policies to support the UK’s carbon targets and see no reason why this can’t be attained with cohesive thinking and strategy between manufacturers, installers and Government.”
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