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ENA responds to the Environment and Climate Change Committee's letter on Boiler Upgrade Scheme

22 February 2023

Members of the Lords Select Committee on Environment and Climate Change have today sent a letter to Lord Callanan, Parliamentary under Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, stating the Government's Boiler Upgrade Scheme is failing to deliver.

 

In response to the letter, Lawrence Slade, Chief Executive of Energy Network Association (ENA), which represents the UK’s energy network operators, said:

"This is nothing to do with presenting hydrogen as an option for home heating. The scheme is failing to deliver for customers because, as the Committee correctly points out, public awareness is low and promotion of the scheme has been inadequate. To decarbonise heating, customers need choice.

"It is an accepted fact that multiple solutions will be required. The use of heat pumps and the adoption of hydrogen are going to be needed if the UK is to meet its net zero target. Debates about one technology over another are simply not helpful for customers and add confusion.

"Experience from the last two decades shows us that much more effort is needed overall to engage customers in energy efficiency and how to reduce demands on the energy system."

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Energy Networks Association (ENA) is the industry body representing the energy networks. Our members include every major electricity network operator in the UK. The electricity networks are at the heart of the energy transition. They directly employ more than 26,000 people in the UK, including 1,500 apprentices. They are spending and investing £33bn in our electricity grids over the coming years, to ensure safe, reliable and secure energy supplies for the millions of homes and businesses reliant on power every day.

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