The Heat Pump Association (HPA) has published a call for a strong partnership between Industry and Government to transform Britain’s domestic heating market towards heat pumps, as sales of new fossil fuel boilers are phased out by the mid-2030s.
Placing the role of the heating installer at the heart of the transition, the HPA also announced the launch of a new membership category for installers, as well as drawing attention to substantial investment in UK manufacturing and training, and ideas for Government to make enabling policy changes. Its new document: “Transforming Britain’s Heating – A Pathway to Heat Pumps” sets out several ideas for how it sees the respective roles of industry and Government working together to drive the change.
The Pathway identifies four “Pillars” for the transition, highlights steps already taken or that will be taken by the industry, and ideas for enabling policy changes to allow the industry to drive the change, and unlock investment to do so. These are:
- Creating a highly-skilled Heat Pump Installer Workforce
- A long-term predictable policy framework for home heating
- Market Development and Reform
- Financing the transition
Phil Hurley, the HPA Chair, said:
“Central heating will personalise a significant part of the journey to net zero for millions of consumers. The next decade will see the biggest shake-up of the heating sector in living memory as the country’s homes become increasingly heated by heat pumps.
“The Heat Pump industry is fully ready to take on this challenge and be the prime mover for this change, with Government providing the enabling policy change. Significant investments in UK manufacturing and installer training have already been made in response to some of the signals Government has given so far. Further clarity of the policy framework will unlock the remaining investor confidence needed to finish the job.
“Today’s 130,000 Heating Installers and a new generation of apprentices will be front and centre of this transition. Our Pathway document sets out some of the ideas for how the Industry/Government partnership can work to support them in becoming part of the Government’s 2030 target for 480 000 high-skilled jobs to power the Green Industrial Revolution.”