UK100, a network of climate ambitious local authorities, is pleased to see the Government’s Boiler Upgrade Scheme open for applications, but says the plans are short-termist and long-term funding would help ensure the scheme is a game-changer for accelerating Net Zero action and reducing energy bills.
Welcoming the UK Government’s Boiler Upgrade Scheme, which opened on Monday 23rd May, Polly Billington, Chief Executive of UK100, said: “The Boiler Upgrade Scheme aims to give more households ‘low carbon’ heating options by making heat pumps and biomass boilers cheaper to install. We’re pleased to see the scheme open for applications.
“It’s also good to see that the Government appears to have designed the scheme based on the lessons learned from what went wrong with the Green Homes Grant Scheme.”
However, Polly added: “While plans to target rural, off-grid properties are a positive step, the scheme relies on a flawed ‘one-size-fits-all’ EPC rating system that discriminates against rural homes.”
“UK100 has long campaigned for changes to EPC ‘tickbox’ rules to shift the emphasis towards ensuring energy efficiency measures are assessed on efficacy rather than just the number of measures installed.”
Polly concluded: “The plans are, ultimately, short-termist. Long-term funding would help ensure the scheme is a game-changer for accelerating Net Zero action and reducing energy bills amidst a cost of living crisis, but, as it stands, pleas for sustained funding have been ignored in favour of a 2025 funding cliff-edge.”
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Last week UK100 celebrated reaching 100 local authority members, these include Sunderland City Council, Derbyshire County Council, West Berkshire Council and Sheffield City Council. More details here.