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Energy UK responds to the CCC's assessment of the Heat and Buildings Strategy

Responding to the CCC's assessment of the Heat and Building Strategy, Energy UK's Deputy Director of Policy (New Energy Services and Heat), Charles Wood said: 

"With Governments looking to move away from Russian gas and frighteningly high gas prices for customers, the need to make sure we invest in energy efficiency and clean heating is pressing. Government must focus on how to support households to make the shift as fast and affordable as possible - particularly vulnerable customers - industry is ready to deliver"

“Energy UK welcomes today’s assessment and agree that it is critical that the Government support consumers to move further and faster on decarbonisation. Although high gas and oil prices are currently emphasising the case for consumers to switch from high carbon heating, it is still too difficult for them to do so without additional advice and support - particularly for fuel poor households.

“Energy UK strongly supports the Government’s intended market-based approach to heat as one that creates space for innovation. However, as the Committee emphasises, this requires greater coordination between Government departments and closer working with the private sector. To deliver low carbon heat at least cost to consumers, Government must accelerate efforts to tackle barriers such as the relative costs of electricity and gas and shortage of skilled installers.

“As it has shown elsewhere, the UK energy sector can respond quickly where there is a clear direction of travel and the right incentives to invest. We urge Government to tackle the remaining barriers highlighted by the Committee and plug the policy gaps for heat networks and energy efficiency so that our sector can get to work.”

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