NAO identifies RHI strengths in new report

  • National Audit Office releases report assessing value for money of the Renewable Heat Incentive
  • The successful scheme supports significant renewable heat deployment
  • Scheme is a critical policy tool that supports heat sector decarbonisation in line with the UK’s climate targets

The National Audit Office’s report on Britain’s Renewable Heat Incentive has highlighted the large number of installations that the scheme has supported and the adaptability of the Department of Business, Energy, and Industrial Strategy in reforming the scheme.

Crucially to date the RHI has:

  • supported the delivery of 78,048 renewable heat installations across the UK (as of December 2017)
  • supported the production of 22.7TWh of renewable heat to date, enough to heat over 1,800,000 UK homes for an entire year
  • enabled new low carbon job creation, as the renewable heat industry, ranging from biomass to green gas and biomethane, presently employs almost 33,500 people across the UK

James Court, Head of Policy and External Affairs at the Renewable Energy Association said:

“Britain’s Renewable Heat Incentive is a successful scheme that has supported the production of enough heat to date to warm over 1.8 million homes for a year. The scheme has been critical to the construction of over seventy-eight thousand renewable heat sites reaching from Cardiff to Glasgow which in turn has unlocked jobs growth, with the UK’s renewable heating industry employing 33,500 across the country.

“The RHI is an essential policy tool that is supporting the decarbonisation of Britain’s heating sector as necessitated by our climate targets.”


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Daniel Brown
External Affairs Officer
+44 (0)20 7981 0857
[email protected]

Notes to editors

About the Renewable Energy Association (REA)

The Renewable Energy Association represents renewable energy producers and promotes the use of all forms of renewable energy in the UK across power, heat, transport and recycling. It is the largest renewable energy and clean technology (including energy storage and electric vehicles) trade association in the UK, with around 550 members, ranging from major multinationals to sole traders.

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