UK government pushes ahead with heat pump plans

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More than £14 million (€15.8 million) is being made available to accelerate the installation of heat pumps and heat networks across the UK as a new scheme launches to train thousands of installers.
Over £9.7 million (€11 million) will go towards four projects based across the country, from Bristol to Cambridgeshire - helping cut costs of these low carbon technologies, and reducing disruption to consumers by coordinating the wide-spread rollout in concentrated areas.
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for Energy Security and Net Zero, Lord Callanan, said: “This funding will give the rollout of heat pumps a huge boost by making them cheaper and easier to install, and importantly helping more households move away from costly fossil fuels.
“But we need a skilled workforce to deliver this, so we’re training thousands of people to be experts at installing heat pumps and heat networks, driving the country’s push towards net-zero.
“We’re also making sure the cost of installing a heat pump is more affordable than ever before through grants of up to £6,000 through the Boiler Upgrade Scheme and a zero rate on VAT. So, it’s right we also put funding in place to train installers to meet demand.”
Heat pumps are highly efficient and reliable and are key to cutting carbon emissions using cheaper renewable energy produced here in the UK.
The government’s Heat Pump Ready programme aims to develop innovative solutions to reducing barriers to the rollout of low carbon technology in homes and businesses across the UK.
The four Heat Pump Ready projects, two in Oxfordshire and one each in Bristol and Cambridgeshire have been successful in the second phase of funding.

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