What steps has the Government taken so far to decarbonise the heat network?


The government’s 2017 Clean Growth Strategy described decarbonising heat as “our most difficult policy and technology challenge to meet our carbon targets”. However, they have brought in a number of measures:

  • In the Clean Growth Strategy, the government committed to phasing out the installation of high carbon forms of fossil fuel heating in businesses and homes off the gas grid during the 2020s. This only applies to businesses that aren’t on the gas grid.
  • The Renewable Heat Incentive (RH) has been the principle mechanism to date, with the government spending £4.5 billion to support the deployment of low carbon heat technologies between 2016 and 2021. The RHI gives households or businesses money for installing low carbon heat technologies, such as heat pumps. By the end of 2021 the government expects that the RHI will have supported renewable heat installations into 2% of UK households (DECC, 2016).
  • They have committed to investing £184 million in research and development programmes for new heating technologies.

The Committee on Climate Changesays that progress has largely stalled and the government now needs a new policy framework.


Date of Publication: 20.06.2018