A new report from the CBI and University of Birmingham has called on the government to mandate that all new domestic boiler installations must be part of a hybrid system or be ‘hydrogen-ready’ after 2025.
The report, Net-zero: The Road to Low-Carbon Heat, set out a number of recommendations for government, including the establishment of an independent, time-limited, impartial body that will work with government on creating, coordinating and delivering an overarching National Delivery Body (NDB). The NDB will be expected to be locally formulated and locally delivered by local authorities who will synergise their own local and energy plan with the national programme.
Other key recommendations included in the report are:
Chancellor of the University of Birmingham, CBI President, and Heat Commission Chair Lord Karan Bilimoria, said: “A green recovery and progress towards the UK’s net-zero emission target are doomed to fail if we don’t address the urgent need to decarbonise heat in our homes and buildings.
“Recent government announcements will undoubtedly fast-forward our transition towards net-zero. The Commission’s recommendations offer a roadmap to accelerate progress, ensure our nation stays on a path to sustainable recovery and ensures the UK remains a global leader in meeting climate commitments.
“Aside from the moral imperative, there’s also a strong economic case for protecting our planet. Large scale heat decarbonisation and energy efficiency would provide a huge jobs boost for the economy at a time when new career opportunities are needed more than ever.”
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