UK and Scottish Government’s Heat in Buildings Strategies [November 2021]

Ombudsman Services | Nov 09, 2021

Closely linked to the ambitions of COP26, in October, the UK Government published its ‘Heat in Buildings Strategy’. This sets out how the UK plans to decarbonise 30 million homes and workplaces as part of the ambition to reach net zero by 2050.

The Government has stated that it wants a flexible, fair and affordable energy transition with the right skills and standards to ensure quality installations of low carbon technologies and energy efficiency measures.

Building on the commitments made in its Energy White paper published last December, it includes plans for:

  • ramping up installation of heat pumps and investing in innovation,
  • moving away from fossil fuels for heating and using low carbon technologies, including a commitment to phasing out installation of gas boilers by 2035; and
  • further investment into scaling up low carbon Heat Networks

Similarly, Scotland published its ‘Heat in Buildings Strategy’ this October. This sets out the pathway for cutting greenhouse gas emissions from homes and buildings – which currently account for about a fifth of Scotland’s emissions - by more than two thirds by 2030. This will mean ramping up the delivery of renewable heating systems and will see an investment of at least £1.8 billion. This will need over a million homes and the equivalent of 50,000 non-domestic buildings to convert to zero emissions heat by 2030.

All of this means that the energy sector in which we operate is going to be evolving quickly over the next few years and Ombudsman Services are anticipating the new challenges consumers and suppliers may need our support to resolve.