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UK Heat and Buildings Strategy set for further delay

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The UK Government could further delay the long-awaited Heat and Buildings Strategy, limiting the renewable heat sector’s routes to market.

Responding to the news, the Association for Renewable Energy and Clean Technology (REA) expressed its disappointment, stressing that the sector cannot afford any more delays. The REA said the government must urgently address the large policy gap for industrial and commercial heat decarbonisation left after the closure of the Non-Domestic Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) in March.

The wait for the Heat and Buildings Strategy, which could be postponed to the autumn, has meant that the renewable heat sector’s routes to market have been limited, causing the sector to stall at a crucial moment in the UK’s heat decarbonisation efforts.

The REA is calling for a multi-technology approach, with biomethane, clean hydrogen, biomass, heat pumps, deep geothermal and other low carbon heat technologies all forming a key pillar of the REA’s ‘Strategy for Net Zero’, published earlier this year.

The organisation believes successful heat decarbonisation will be dependent on ensuring the installation of the right renewable heat technology in the right situation.

Dr Nina Skorupska CBE, CEO of the REA, said: “A further delay to the publication of the much-needed Heat and Buildings Strategy would be hugely disappointing.

“Without the government’s long-awaited strategy, we are seeing routes to market limited for the renewable heat sector and deployment stalling at a crucial moment in the UK’s heat decarbonisation efforts.

“The REA’s Strategy for Net Zero set the ambition for renewable and low carbon heat to be the dominant form of heat by 2035. The sector needs a clear and coordinated policy framework if we are to deliver this target.

“If the government is serious about decarbonising heat and meeting their net-zero ambitions, they cannot afford to keep delaying such a crucial support for our industry.”