The UK Government's Energy White Paper prepares the ground for the Heat and Buildings Strategy which will set out how policies and other key actions will come together in a coherent plan to decarbonise buildings.
In addition to the policies included in the Ten Point Plan, the Energy White Paper sets out:
- Government policy to tighten minimum standards for all rented non-domestic buildings to reach EPC Band B by 2030, where cost effective.
- Additional protections to the vulnerable and fuel poor through extending the Energy Company Obligation and expanding the Warm Home Discount scheme – both schemes will now run until 2026.
- A new Heat Network Transformation Programme, starting with £122 million of new funding confirmed at Spending Review.
- Subject to the results of the development of prototype hydrogen-ready boilers through Hy4Heat, a plan to consult on hydrogen-ready appliances in 2021.
- A call for evidence by April 2021 to begin a strategic dialogue between Government, consumers and industry on affordability and fairness.
- A plan to consult on changes to the Gas Act, including whether it is appropriate to end gas grid connections to new homes being built from 2025.
- Commitments to consulting on regulations to phase out new fossil fuel heating systems in existing off-gas grid buildings and setting out further detail on raising energy efficiency standards and performance in commercial and industrial buildings.
Read the Energy White Paper now.