Robert Lockhart: where are the financial incentives?

Renewables debate heats up

Published:  16 April, 2010

LONDON: As the UK edges closer to the 2020 Carbon Emissions Reduction Target (CERT), the heating industry is starting to see the emergence of renewable incentives. Not everyone is convinced that the scheme will be a success.

From April 2011, the Renewable Heat Incentive – generating heat from renewable sources – aims to cut carbon emissions. Robert Lockhart, renewables project manager of Vokèra, warned that while the incentive is a step in the right direction, it is not taking into account the lack of financial incentives to make a difference to those in fuel poverty.

“This has has stifled the uptake of these products, not to mention hindering the UK reaching the steep CERT targets,” he stated.

"There is no 'one size fits all' solution. To ensure we meet the CERT targets, the incentive's approach should be towards employing a mix of technologies.

“This has to be coupled with an educated industry that provides the correct advice for each property and usage that is backed by both legislation and financial incentives."

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