‘Sixth Carbon Budget’ provides clearer view for low-carbon roadmap
Published: 15 December 2020 - Rachael Morling
Comments attributed to Karen Boswell, Managing Director at Baxi Heating:
The latest recommendations from the Committee on Climate Change (CCC) provide ambitious targets for the residential and commercial heating market whilst acknowledging that clear change is needed to meet these targets.
We recognise the role of sustainable heating technology in achieving these goals and welcome the plans for all new boilers to be hydrogen-ready by 2025, and the ambitions to achieve 5.5 million heat pump installations by 2030.
We fully support these low carbon technologies; we are proud to be developing and testing one of the UK’s first 100% hydrogen boilers, and have recently launched our own comprehensive range of high-performance heat pumps.
It’s our responsibility to tackle climate change to create a better world for future generations, and delivering cleaner and greener heating systems is fundamental to achieving the CCC’s ambitions. Last month, we announced Baxi Heating’s Sustainability Pledge, which outlined our plans to be carbon neutral in all of our operations by 2030, and a commitment to ensuring that every product we make from 2025 will work with low carbon energy.
We believe the CCC’s ambitions will require the backing of robust policy to make this roadmap a reality. Plans for EPC Band C rating to be able to rent and sell homes, in addition to the phasing out of oil and fossil fuel boilers off the gas grid, are examples of this. A strong consumer education campaign will also be important for supporting homeowners and commercial building owners to make the necessary changes.
There are several important publications expected in the near future, which should help to further shape how the UK will set out to achieve net-zero carbon emissions by 2050 and create an even clearer view. This includes the imminent Energy Whitepaper, BEIS Heat and Buildings Strategy and a UK Hydrogen Strategy.
We look forward to working closely with Government to continue developing our low carbon offering, helping us to meet the CCC’s ambitions and ensuring we play a key role in revolutionising the way we heat our homes and buildings in the future.