REA comments – Government announces £40 million heat networks fund

Dr Nina Skorupska CBE FEI, Chief Executive at the REA commented:

“Decarbonising heat is key to achieving the UK’s legally binding Net Zero targets and it is encouraging to see the Government recognise this. The newly announced £40 million heat networks fund is a welcome step forward; however more will be needed to meet our heat decarbonisation goals.

“Industry needs a clear commitment from Government outlining the future direction of heat policy and in particular, the successor to the RHI which is due to end in 2021. Without this clarity, the industry will continue to suffer from stalling deployment and a lack of investment. We urge Government to take note of this when writing the heat decarbonisation roadmap expected this summer.”


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Notes to editors

  • The full announcement is available here
  • Evidence of deployment stalling: December 2019 deployment data can be found here. Tab M.1.1 demonstrates that on the non-domestic RHI, there was only 834 full RHI accredited applications in 2019, compared to 1423 in 2018 and 1877 in 2017. So deployment has more than halved since 2017

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The REA is the UK’s largest trade association for renewable energy and clean technologies with around 550 members operating across heat, transport, and power. The REA is a not-for-profit organisation that represents renewable energy and clean technology companies operating in over fourteen sectors, ranging from biogas and renewable fuels to solar and electric vehicle charging. Membership ranges from major multinationals to sole traders.

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