Earth Day 2021: Our view on the installer industry and net-zero goals.
This week has been a big one for the future of our planet. Earth Day is celebrated annually on 22 April, will again see more than 1 billion people participating in activities around the world to draw attention to the urgency of the climate crisis and environmental degradation and the need for immediate action. This year, it also presents a major opportunity for significant climate action announcements.
The UK government, who are hosting the COP26 summit, have recently announced a new net-zero goal for 2050. This new goal will affect the heating installer industry more than almost any other in the trade and construction sector.
We have covered net-zero and various green endeavours from our industry before including:
We have also been very critical of the way the UK government cancelled the green homes grant, with only a weekends notice.
UK Government needs to engage with installers
If the pledge of net-zero is going to be achieved by 2050 the UK government must come together to engage with consumers and heating installers now. There needs to be a deep collaboration for a smooth and hassle-free transition to low-carbon heating.
The installer industry has an awful lot going for it right now, the innovation being announced by almost every major supplier seems to push the bar on what can be done. New heat pumps, hydrogen boilers, and heat networks can help push us towards this net-zero goal, however it needs some joined up thinking.
Baxi leading the way
Baxi Heating recently hosted an excellent panel discussion discussing these themes hosted by Lord Callanan, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Climate Change. The panel explored the pressing need of decarbonising heating with current low-carbon technologies.
The panellists taking part agreed that despite supporting solutions and technologies, there are still many challenges. These mainly include up-skilling heating engineers so that they can install advanced low-carbon heating technologies.
Low carbon technologies and their deployment will go beyond simply designing new products, it needs a fully joined up strategy that delivers a low carbon heating revolution for the UK. It has to start now.
We are also encouraged that the UK government's Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) may soon announce its heat and buildings decarbonisation strategy. It can be a great addition to the government's net-zero construction techniques.