Clean Growth -Transforming Heat: consultation response

Published: 22 February 2019

Introduction

The Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy has reviewed the evidence base on options for achieving long term heat decarbonisation and delivered a report that provides an overview of the key issues arising from our review and seeks to:

  • highlight the different characteristics of the main alternative sources of low carbon heat and the approaches to achieving transformational change
  • set out strategically important issues, ‘strategic inferences’, which we have drawn from the evidence available to help focus the development of our long term policy framework
  • identify areas that require further exploration to inform the development of a new long term policy framework for heat

The review Clean Growth -Transforming Heat confirmed we need:

  • better understanding of the different options available for decarbonising heating
  • a clearer common agenda across industry, academia and the public sector to ensure effort and resources are effectively and efficiently applied to long term heat decarbonisation issues.

Key points

Energy Systems Catapult’s response to the consultation, is set out in six board categories:

  • There is no ‘silver bullet’ for heat decarbonisation
  • Whole systems thinking is key
  • Local area energy planning has a key role to play
  • We need to understand consumers and digitalisation
  • Future market design
  • Integrated demonstrations are required to show how low-carbon measures can be financed, delivered and how they bring benefits to householders.