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Decarbonising heat in homes

Terms of Reference - Decarbonising heat in homes inquiry

Following a ‘pitch’ from Dr Jan Rosenow, Principal and European Programme Director, Regulatory Assistance Project, as part of the ‘My BEIS inquiry’, the Committee agreed to launch an inquiry focussing on the policies and regulations needed to decarbonise heating in residential buildings. This Committee will also explore some of the issues raised on the future of hydrogen by Dr Luke Warren, Chief Executive, Carbon Capture and Storage Association, in his ‘My BEIS inquiry’ pitch. The inquiry will scrutinise the Government’s ‘Buildings and Heat Strategy’ to assess whether it is sufficiently ambitious and credible and reflect on the Climate Assembly’s recommendations in this area. The terms of reference for the inquiry are as follows:

  1. What has been the impact of past and current policies for low carbon heat, and what lessons can be learnt, including examples from devolved administrations and international comparators?
  2. What key policies, priorities and timelines should be included in the Government’s forthcoming ‘Buildings and Heat Strategy’ to ensure that the UK is on track to deliver Net Zero? What are the most urgent decisions and actions that need to be taken over the course of this Parliament (by 2024)?
  3. Which technologies are the most viable to deliver the decarbonisation of heating, and what would be the most appropriate mix of technologies across the UK?
  4. What are the barriers to scaling up low carbon heating technologies? What is needed to overcome these barriers?
  5. How can the costs of decarbonising heat be distributed fairly across consumers, taxpayers, business and government, taking account of the fuel poor and communities affected by the transition? What is the impact of the existing distribution of environmental levies across electricity, gas and fuel bills on drivers for switching to low carbon heating, and should this distribution be reviewed?
  6. What incentives and regulatory measures should be employed to encourage and ensure households take up low carbon heat, and how will these need to vary for different household types?
  7. What action is required to ensure that households are engaged, informed, supported and protected during the transition to low carbon heat, including measures to minimise disruption in homes and to maintain consumer choice?
  8. Where should responsibility lie for the governance, coordination and delivery of low carbon heating? What will these organisations need in order to deliver such responsibilities?
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