REA responds to Heat and Buildings Strategy delay

The Association for Renewable Energy and Clean Technology (REA) has said it is disappointed that the long-awaited Heat and Buildings Strategy is to be delayed further, with publication now scheduled for the autumn.

REA highlighted that the sector cannot afford any more delays and that the government must urgently address the large policy gap for industrial and commercial heat decarbonisation that has been left after the closure of the Non-Domestic Renewable Heat Incentive (ND RHI) in March.

The wait for the Heat and Buildings Strategy has meant that the renewable heat sector’s routes to market have been limited, causing the sector to stall at a crucial moment in the UK’s heat decarbonisation efforts.

The REA reiterates its call for a multi-technology approach, with biomethane, clean hydrogen, biomass, heat pumps, deep geothermal and other low carbon heat technologies all forming a key pillar of the REA’s ‘Strategy for Net Zero’, published earlier this year. Successful heat decarbonisation will dependent on ensuring the installation of the right renewable heat technology in the right situation.

Dr Nina Skorupska CBE, CEO of Association for Renewable Energy and Clean Technology (REA), said: “A further delay to the publication of the much-needed Heat and Buildings Strategy would be hugely disappointing.

“Without the government’s long-awaited strategy, we are seeing routes to market limited for the renewable heat sector and deployment stalling at a crucial moment in the UK’s heat decarbonisation efforts.

“The REA’s ‘Strategy for Net Zero’ set the ambition for renewable and low carbon heat to be the dominant form of heat by 2035. The sector needs a clear and co-ordinated policy framework if we are to deliver this target.

“If the government is serious about decarbonising heat and meeting their Net Zero ambitions, they cannot afford to keep delaying such crucial support for our industry.”