Government needs to engage with heating installers to achieve net zero

There is a pressing need for government and industry to engage with consumers and influential heating installers as the UK prepares to transition to low-carbon heating. The widely-held view is that it is becoming essential to explain the benefits and transition path to new forms of low-carbon heat, namely hydrogen boilers, heat pumps and heat […]

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Government axes Green Homes Grant

The Government has announced that the Green Homes Grants Voucher scheme will close for new applicants on 31 March 2021. This marks the end of its flagship home upgrade scheme just six months after its launch. The decision comes despite high levels of interest from consumers and installers alike. The Green Homes Grant Voucher Scheme […]

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New report reveals it would take the UK 250 years to reach the point where all homes had some form of renewable energy installed

A new report from MCS has revealed huge disparities in Britain’s uptake of small-scale renewables over the past 14 years. Renewing Britain: The Changing Landscape of Home-Grown Energy 2008 – 2021 – uncovers 14 years’ worth of data held by the MCS Installer Database (MID), against a backdrop of a UK target to reach net-zero by […]

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10 steps for sucessful energy-efficiency incentive schemes

When it launched in September 2020, MCS welcomed the Green Homes Grant – the government’s most recent consumer incentive for low-carbon heating. But over a tumultuous six months, the voucher-based scheme has been beset by many operational difficulties, including significant delays in installers being paid for completed work. Ian Rippin, CEO of MCS – the […]

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Government under pressure as only 20,000 Green Homes Grant vouchers issued

The Government is facing mounting pressure to address administrative failings involving the Green Homes Grant, as only 20,000 vouchers have been issued and even fewer payments for completed work have been made. A survey of industry members involved in the installation of technologies eligible under the Green Homes Grants scheme has reinforced claims that administrative delays are behind […]

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