Electrotechnical and engineering services body ECA is urging the industry to fully engage with Government initiatives to decarbonise heat, including the new Boiler Upgrade Scheme (BUS), launched this week.
The BUS offers a grant of up to £5,000 for heating installers and households to replace traditional fossil fuel-powered boilers with more efficient, low-carbon alternatives, including air and ground source heat pumps.
ECA is urging electrotechnical contractors, designers and installers to prepare for a surge in demand for heat pumps, and a rapid shift towards the electrification of heat via low-carbon technologies.
Luke Osborne, ECA Energy and Emerging Technologies Solutions Advisor, said,
“The electrification of heat is finally gathering pace. This presents clear opportunities for electrotechnical firms such as ECA’s Members to use their skills to drive decarbonisation and help reach Net Zero.
“The BUS grant, along with important consumer protection initiatives, will go a long way to making heat pumps a more affordable option households trying to cut their energy bills and carbon footprint.
“ECA urges all electrotechnical designers and installers to familiarise themselves with new sources of information and guidance, such as the new AM17 document from CIBSE and BEIS (for non-domestic heat pump installations), to enable a faster, cheaper transition to Net Zero.”