The Government has published its new Heat and Buildings Strategy setting out how it plans to significantly reduce carbon emissions from the UK’s 30 million homes and workplaces. It announced that £3.9 billion of new funding will be available over the next three years.
Recognising that “there will be no single policy or technology that cuts carbon emissions to virtually zero”, the new strategy brings together various schemes.
These include the Social Housing Decarbonisation Fund and the Home Upgrade Grant that are helping low‐income and vulnerable households with the cost of installing low‐carbon measures.
It also includes the new Boiler Upgrade Scheme. From April 2022, this £450 million scheme will provide grants of £5,000 to encourage homeowners to install low carbon heating systems such as heat pumps.
Ahead of the Budget and Spending Review next week, the CLC wrote to the Chancellor highlighting the need for a National Retrofit Strategy if we are to reduce carbon emissions from existing homes.