Sacré bleu: French warmth pump prices blow gap in ‘nonsense’ UK authorities coverage


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The proof of what French customers are paying for warmth pumps “blows a gap in UK authorities coverage” in relation to the low-carbon heating know-how, in accordance with a UK vitality commerce physique. Chief Govt of Vitality and Utilities Alliance (EUA), Mike Foster, stated he believed the most recent proof renders UK warmth decarbonisation plans “ineffective” and requires a Authorities re-set.

Present authorities coverage believes warmth pump prices will fall by 25-50 per cent by 2025 and attain parity with a gasoline boiler by 2030. The typical warmth pump prices round £10,000 to put in in comparison with a combi-boiler alternative of £1500.

The Warmth and Constructing Technique, printed in October 2021 means that growing volumes of UK warmth pump installations will deliver prices down. Among the wilder claims counsel warmth pumps may very well be lowered to £1000 a unit however the proof the EUA says it has uncovered suggests this argument is “fatally flawed”.

Because the commerce physique explains, warmth pump installations in France common £11,000, just like the UK determine, however final yr 537,000 warmth pumps had been bought in France, in comparison with 50,000 models within the UK. This implies that increased volumes don’t scale back prices and presents a problem to present UK coverage.

The EUA’s Mike Foster stated: “The French have blown a gap in UK authorities coverage. Their expertise reveals that increased volumes of warmth pump gross sales doesn’t massively scale back their price. The forecasted reductions, claimed by BEIS, are merely numbers plucked from skinny air. Simply throughout the channel we’ve actual phrase expertise, 537,000 warmth pumps fitted final yr, at an identical price to that skilled within the UK, with our 50,000 gross sales.”

“Warmth pumps are a globally traded product, why would they be cheaper within the UK than France? It’s full nonsense to counsel they might. When you debunk this fantasy, the entire UK warmth and buildings technique falls aside. It now wants an pressing re-set.”

“Boris Johnson set a goal of 600,000 warmth pumps by 2028; price reductions of 25-50 % by 2025; parity with a gasoline boiler by 2030. In doing so, he has thrown public cash at subsidies, he has scrapped VAT on warmth pumps, he threatens to fantastic boiler producers in the event that they fail to fulfill his targets. However his personal advisory physique have warned that warmth pump working prices are increased than a gasoline boiler and now these legendary prices reductions are proven to be simply that, a fantasy.”

“It’s time for the brand new PM, whoever that’s, to press the re-set button. It’s time to confess the earlier coverage was simply sizzling air. And it’s time to urgently get our gasoline networks transformed to hydrogen, preserving UK houses affordably heat with out damaging the local weather.”


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