NIBE Energy Systems has welcomed the publication of a report setting out the role of heat pumps in delivering a Net Zero future.
The Heat Pump Association (HPA) report underlines the urgent need to increase the installation of heat pumps across the UK. As a member of the HPA, NIBE has fed into the development of the paper and says the government must take advantage of upcoming policy decisions to encourage the deployment of heat pumps and begin the process of heat decarbonisation.
The report calls for 10 policy changes to enable increased deployment of heat pumps. These changes will aim to ensure that homes are future-proofed and the benefits of heat pumps are recognised by developers and property owners as well as occupants. They also include the introduction of incentives to increase adoption by addressing the upfront cost associated with a heat pump installation and removing some of the barriers to deployment.
- Set maximum flow temperature of 55oC in heating system installations in new build and retrofit
- Ensure the delivery of the Future Homes Standard in 2025
- End the ‘freezing’ of Building Regulations by closing current loopholes
- Significantly tighten the Energy Efficiency Requirements in the 2020 Building Regulations
- Ensure new builds have suitable electricity supply connections
- Require the installation of hot water cylinders in new builds
- Revise permitted volume for outdoor units (Permitted Planning)
- Establish a trajectory for an emissions standard for delivered heat
- Introduce an RHI successor scheme using an upfront financial incentive
- Rebalance the taxes placed on electricity and gas to reflect carbon content