According to MCS Foundation data, heat pump installations need to increase more than 10-fold over the next four years if the government is to meet its target of 600,000 per year by 2028.Thank you for reading this post, don't forget to subscribe!
MCS said that despite 2023 being a record year with 39,268 heat pump installations, additional policies are needed to make them cheaper to run to achieve the required exponential growth.
The record surpasses the previous set with an increase of nearly 20% in 2022, and while these figures only include heat pumps certified by MCS, the foundation said the actual number is unlikely to be much higher.
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MCS, which certifies renewable products, said demand for these technologies in the UK is higher than ever, with more than 200,000 heat pumps now installed.
David Cowdrey, director of external affairs at the MCS Foundation, said: “It is very encouraging to see the growth in all renewables and particularly heat pumps.
“More families than ever before are choosing these carbon-free and highly efficient heating systems that have zero emissions at the time of use.”
The government is encouraging heat pump installation by offering grants through the Boiler Upgrade Scheme, with fellow households criticizing the government for the slow pace of work.
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In response, ministers increased the value of available grants from £5,000 to £7,500, leading to a 50% increase in applications, MCS said.
To meet the target of 600,000 by 2028, heat pump installations will have to increase more than 10-fold over the next four years.
Mr Cowdrey said: “But while we can expect a continued upward trend in heat pump installations due to the introduction of higher subsidies, we will still need additional policies to achieve the exponential growth that is now required .
“Such policies should include tackling fuel poverty as well as reducing electricity costs to encourage heat pump use.
“This could be achieved by shifting social and environmental charges from electricity bills into general taxation, and would make heat pumps significantly cheaper to run than gas boilers.”
A Department for Energy Security and Net Zero spokesperson said: “We are making the switch to heat pumps more affordable, reducing the burden on hard-working families.
“That’s why we’ve increased the Boiler Upgrade Scheme grant by 50% to £7,500 – making it one of the most generous schemes in Europe.
“Our approach is working and has seen an initial 57% increase in applications.”