Heat pump installations must increase by 2200% to reach the target

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Heat pump installations must increase by 2,200% to reach the net zero target, according to a study by the charity Citizens Advice.

As a result, Citizens Advice is calling on the government to ensure that consumer protection catches up with technology.

Heat pump, insulation or micro-generation installers currently only need to join a mandatory scheme if government funding is involved.

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On top of that, solid wall insulation is expected to grow from just 8,000 installed in 2020 to 250,000 over the next four years, an increase of 3,025%.

There are currently 12 different accreditation programs covering heat pumps, solar panels, insulation or micro-generation, leaving consumers uncertain whether they choose high quality suppliers and installers.

To meet the challenge of renovating 29 million homes, Citizens Advice calls for a unique accreditation and inspection system for anyone installing green technologies for the home.

It comes after the government offered a £ 5,000 grant to homeowners to replace gas boilers with low-carbon heat pumps in England and Wales.

Gillian Cooper, head of energy policy at Citizens Advice, said: “If the government is to meet its goal of net zero by 2050, it will need to make it as easy as possible for people to make changes to their homes.

“Right now it’s confusing and complex because people don’t know where to start to find a decent installer.

“The Heat and Buildings strategy and the Net Zero strategy both have a clear ambition, but achieving the current goals will not be easy.

“Strong consumer protections are always needed to help people navigate the difficult process of green home improvement.

“People need to know how to find a trustworthy installer and that they will be protected if something goes wrong.

“Having a single mandatory regime in place is an essential way for the government to help the public meet this unique challenge. “


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