Trade association UK and Ireland Fuel Distributors Association (UKIFDA), welcomes the announcement by Chancellor Rishi Sunak that up to £10,000 will be available to households across the UK through the Green Homes Grant scheme.
Guy Pulham Chief Executive of UKIFDA comments: “We are pleased that homeowners will receive help through the ‘Green Homes Grant Scheme’. We lobbied government to incentivise all homeowners (irrelevant of type of heating system) to make energy efficiency improvements in their own homes. We suggested improvements such as fitting smart meters to tanks, installing smart temperature controls across homes and installing better insulation. All of these improvements would increase energy efficiency, create carbon efficiency and reduce bills so welcome the announcement today that government will be providing assistance to households to make changes to the fabric of their homes including insulation, new double glazing and low energy lighting.
“We have been lobbying the UK government and the Committee on Climate Change to support our industry’s liquid biofuels strategy and we urge the government in producing these policies to be technology neutral as we are concerned by the announcement of funding of £50m that will go to pilot innovative schemes to retrofit social housing at scale, with measures including insulation, double glazing and heat pumps. We urge the government to also consider other solutions including liquid biofuels, as heat pumps are not a one size fits all solution.”
UKIFDA will continue to lobby government on assistance for the 1.5m homes across the UK who use oil to heat their homes to transition to liquid biofuels. More information, guidance and advice on transitioning to biofuels for consumers can be found on the UKIFDA website https://ukifda.org/consumers/future-liquid-fuels/ .
8th July 2020
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