UK: The industry has “warmly” welcomed UK government plans to provide grants of up to £6,000 to householders replacing their gas boiler with a heat pump.

The UK government’s Heat and Buildings Strategy sets out measures to increase installations of hydronic heat pumps from the current level of 35,000 a year to 600,000 per year by 2028. 

The £450m Boiler Upgrade Scheme will support the deployment of low-carbon heat in existing buildings by offering £5,000 grants for switching to an air-source heat pump or £6,000 if switching to a ground source model. In addition the government promises to rebalance energy prices to ensure that heat pumps are no more expensive to buy and run than gas boilers.

Going beyond earlier proposals, the scheme will now run for three years from April 2022.

Welcoming the initiative, the Heat Pump Association said it hoped that it would encourage exceptional market growth over the next few years.

“The heat pump industry warmly welcomes these bold steps forward,” commented Heat Pump Association chair Phil Hurley. “The industry in the best shape it has ever been, with sales this year already double those seen ever before.

“Today’s announcement will give industry and installers a huge confidence boost that now is the time to scale-up and retrain in preparation for the mass roll out of heat pumps, as well as making heat pumps as affordable as boilers.”

The Heat and Buildings Strategy was also welcomed by the Ground Source Heat Pump Association (GSHPA). “We look forward to a consistent policy environment which will drive growth in our sector and the UK economy on the path towards achieving Net Zero,” said GSHPA chair Laura Bishop.

“Ground source heat pumps represent a long-term infrastructure asset which delivers unrivalled efficiencies in generating clean heat, and we hope the policy will underpin the mass market roll out we have been anticipating for some time.”

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