A trade body is calling for a partnership with the government to push the domestic heating market towards heat pumps as sales of new fossil fuel boilers is phased out by the mid-2030s.
The Heat Pump Association is also changing emphasis to encourage more installers ahead of an expected rise in demand.
Last month the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy opened its controversial boiler upgrade scheme.
Landlords across England and Wales as well as owner occupiers may apply for grants of up to £5,000 off the cost and installation of an air source heat pump or a biomass boiler, and up to £6,000 off the cost and installation of a ground source heat pump.
The grant is paid directly to the installer and discounted from the price charged.
Phil Hurley, the Heat Pump Association chair, says: “Central heating will personalise a significant part of the journey to net zero for millions of consumers.
“The next decade will see the biggest shake-up of the heating sector in living memory as the country’s homes become increasingly heated by heat pumps.
“The Heat Pump industry is fully ready to take on this challenge and be the prime mover for this change, with Government providing the enabling policy change.
“Significant investments in UK manufacturing and installer training have already been made in response to some of the signals Government has given so far. Further clarity of the policy framework will unlock the remaining investor confidence needed to finish the job.
“Today’s 130,000 heating installers and a new generation of apprentices will be front and centre of this transition.”
The boiler upgrade scheme is open to domestic and small non-domestic properties with an installation capacity up to 45kWth (this covers most homes), and with a current Energy Performance Certificate with no outstanding recommendations for loft or cavity wall insulation.
Grants are only available for air source heat pumps, biomass boilers and ground source heat pumps (including water source heat pumps and those on shared ground loops).
Hybrid heat pump systems, for example a combination of a gas boiler and air source heat pump, are not eligible.
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