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The UK Government has today (October 19) published the Heat and Buildings Strategy setting out plans to incentivise the installation of low-carbon heating systems and replace old boilers over the coming decade.

Responding, Helen Melone, Senior Policy Manager at Scottish Renewables, said:

“We welcome the announcement today from the UK Government of its plan to drive down the cost of clean heat, with more than £3.9 billion of new funding to decarbonise heat and buildings. It’s crucial that people and business across the UK are incentivised to move away from gas boilers and install clean heating systems.

“The Heat and Buildings Strategy commits to significantly reducing the UK’s dependency on fossil fuels and its accompanying price volatility, whilst supporting up to 240,000 jobs across the UK by 2035. This is an important step towards meeting our climate change targets of net-zero by 2045 in Scotland, and 2050 for the rest of the UK.

“Achieving the ambitions of this strategy will require the UK Government to work in partnership with industry to drive down the costs of heat pumps and other renewable heat technologies to ensure this level of commitment for de-carbonising heat is achieved.”