“There is no denying that the net zero emissions targets are ambitious, but by implementing proven solutions in the short-to-medium-term, we can set a solid foundation from which exciting future innovations can build. This includes hydrogen production, which is still very much in the research and development stages, and new generations of heat pumps and district heating schemes. All technologies will play their part in making net zero a reality, but tried-and-tested solutions should be prioritised in the short term if we are to achieve our goals.
“Finally, the Prime Minister’s announcement of £1 billion in funding starting next year to decarbonise domestic and public buildings is also welcome. It is very positive to see reducing building emissions as one of the 10 commitments and the desire to create 50,000 jobs in this sector by 2030. However, it must be stressed that there are a significant number of buildings that require action to reduce carbon emissions from heating.
“Consequently, the Government needs to take a more long-term view on this topic, and not rely on short-term incentives. While we understand that the Green Homes Grant will be extended until March 2022, we need more concrete plans on what will happen in the medium to long-term if we are to hit the Government’s own net zero targets.
“Simply put, this is a long-term issue, and it requires a long-term response to ensure the sustainable, warmer and more energy-efficient buildings we need in the future.”