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Decarbonising home heating: Unconvincing progress on Government targets, PAC report finds

26 May 2024

The Public Accounts Committee (PAC) has published its report on the decarbonisation of home heating, which represents one of the biggest challenges to the Government in achieving net zero. It will require almost all 28 million UK households to engage in the transition. Households using fossil fuel heating, such as gas boilers, will need to switch to a low-carbon alternative, such as heat pumps.

The PAC is not convinced that progress to date on Government’s aims to reach 600,000 heat pump installations per year by 2028 matches its ambitions. Its report finds that consumers still face too much complexity and confusion to make informed decisions about installing a heat pump, with Government facing a substantial challenge to increase the number of trained heat pump installers to support an elevenfold increase in heat pump installations.

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