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Energy UK responds to National Audit Office report on low carbon heating

Responding to the National Audit Office’s report on low-carbon heating of homes and businesses and the Renewable Heat Incentive, Lawrence Slade, Energy UK’s chief executive said:

“We welcome this report because it is vital that the Renewable Heat Incentive’s (RHI) estimated £23 billion expenditure up to 2041 is driven by specific targets and objectives which establish self-sufficient supply chains for a range of low carbon heating technologies.

“Transforming the way we heat our homes and businesses is the greatest challenge the UK faces in meeting its emission reduction targets over the coming decades.  We cannot delay tackling this challenge any longer as we need heating to follow the lead of power generation in slashing emissions.        

“If the UK is to meet the Clean Growth Strategy’s aim of setting out a comprehensive strategy for low carbon heating in the next parliament, the UK needs to make important decisions over the next 5 years - including on reform of the RHI and large scale trials of low carbon heating solutions.’

Notes to Editors

Energy UK’s members already offer a range of low carbon heat solutions, and our Decarbonisation of Heat Working Group is working to set out recommendations to government for tactical and strategic decisions in this area.

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