EUA Political Monitoring

February 2, 2022

Parliamentary Questions w/c 17 January 2022


Heat Pump Costs

Asked by Matt Western (Labour, Warwick and Leamington)

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what estimate his Department has made of the average cost to install a heat source pump to replace an existing gas boiler in a standard three bedroom semi-detached home.

Answered by Greg Hands (Conservative, Chelsea and Fulham) Minister of State for Business, Energy and Clean Growth (BEIS)

Based on the best available evidence, the Government estimates the current total cost of installing an air source heat pump to replace a gas boiler in an average three-bedroom semi-detached house to be around £10,500. However, as the market develops, heat pump installation costs are expected to fall. In the Heat and Buildings Strategy, the Government set an ambition to reduce the upfront costs of installing a heat pump by 25-50% by 2025.

Heat Pump Development

Asked by Rachael Maskell (Labour, York Central)

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what recent progress his Department has made on supporting the development of effective, low-cost heat pumps.

Answered by Greg Hands (Conservative, Chelsea and Fulham) Minister of State for Business, Energy and Clean Growth (BEIS)

The Government is supporting the deployment of heat pumps through a package of policies, which will stimulate demand and help deliver the economies of scale that will reduce costs of heat pumps. In addition, the Government has launched a £60 million Heat Pump Ready Programme, part of the £1 billion Net Zero Innovation Portfolio, which will support the development of innovative solutions across the heat pump sector. Collectively, this support will help deliver the Government’s ambition to work with industry to reduce the upfront costs of installing a heat pump by 25-50% by 2025.

Heat Pump Manufacturing

Asked by Rachael Maskell (Labour, York Central)

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps he will take to increase manufacturing capacity for the creation of heat pumps.

Answered by Greg Hands (Conservative, Chelsea and Fulham) Minister of State for Business, Energy and Clean Growth (BEIS)

The Government is supporting the development of a thriving heat pump supply chain in the United Kingdom through a package of measures to create demand, supporting innovation and providing fiscal support to onshore manufacturing. Recent investment in British manufacturing of heat pumps by companies like Mitsubishi, Vaillant and Ideal Boilers demonstrates that manufacturers are responding to policy signals and the United Kingdom continues to be a great place to invest.

Future Homes Standard: Heat Pumps

Asked by Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick (Labour)

To ask Her Majesty’s Government what estimate they have made of how many annual extra heat pump installations the introduction of the Future Homes Standard from 2025 will incentivise.

Answered by Lord Callanan (Conservative) Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Climate Change and Corporate Responsibility (BEIS)

The Government will be consulting on the exact technical specification of the Future Homes Standard in 2023. A robust estimate of the impact of the standard with regards heat pump installations will be possible once its technical specification is finalised.

We are clear however that when it is implemented in 2025, all new homes built to the Future Homes Standard will have low carbon heating, such as heat pumps. With that in mind, the Department’s impact assessment on our proposal to introduce a market-based mechanism for low carbon heat included an indicative estimate of up to around 200,000 heat pump installations per year from 2027, consistent with DLUHC estimates of around 250,000 annual net new-build completions from 2023 to 2029.

Heat and Buildings Strategy: Impact Assessments

Asked by Alan Whitehead (Labour, Southampton Test) Shadow Minister for a Green New Deal and Energy

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether his Department conducted an impact assessment on vulnerable and protected groups for the Heat and Buildings Strategy, as required by the Equality Act 2010.

Answered by Greg Hands (Conservative, Chelsea and Fulham) Minister of State for Business, Energy and Clean Growth (BEIS)

In the Heat and Buildings Strategy, the Government provides a strategic overview of the existing and planned policy interventions required to meet decarbonisation ambitions in heat and buildings. In this strategy, the Government detailed a coherent package of policies, comprising existing, planned and future policies which are yet to be fully developed. Each policy will undergo its own equalities impact assessment ahead of its final design.

Gas Storage: Rough

Asked by Daisy Cooper (Lib Dem, St Albans)

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether he has made any assessment of the costs, benefits and potential merits of restoring the Rough Storage Complex Facility to store natural gas on an interim basis while the Government’s hydrogen strategy is under development.

Answered by Greg Hands (Conservative, Chelsea and Fulham) Minister of State for Business, Energy and Clean Growth (BEIS)

Gas storage will not lower the price of gas in the short term as the United Kingdom exists in a global market.

Rough Storage could play an important part in Hydrogen storage as was set out in the Hydrogen Strategy, published in August 2021.

Energy Efficiency Retrofits

Asked by Rachael Maskell (Labour, York Central)

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps he has taken to ensure that people on low incomes are prioritised for energy efficiency retrofits to help reduce energy costs.

Answered by Greg Hands (Conservative, Chelsea and Fulham) Minister of State for Business, Energy and Clean Growth (BEIS)

The Government created the Energy Company Obligation scheme for larger energy suppliers to install energy-efficiency and heating measures to the homes of people on low incomes. It has delivered over 3 million measures in approximately 2.3 million homes up to October 2021.

Liquid Hydrogen Infrastructure

Asked by Alan Brown (SNP, Kilmarnock and Loudoun)

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of a shared network infrastructure to support a liquid UK hydrogen market.

Answered by Greg Hands (Conservative, Chelsea and Fulham) Minister of State for Business, Energy and Clean Growth (BEIS)

The Government recognises that network infrastructure will provide the link between production and demand, and is essential to the development of the hydrogen economy. Further work is needed to determine what the optimal hydrogen network looks like, and this will cover both pipeline and non-pipeline distribution. In the UK Hydrogen Strategy, the Government sets out a commitment to undertake a review of systemic hydrogen network requirements in the 2020s. This review is underway, and the Government has committed to provide an update on systemic hydrogen network requirements early this year.

Wood-burning Stoves: Regulation

Asked by Geraint Davies (Labour Co-op, Swansea West)

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps he is taking to ensure consistently high standards in (a) approval processes and (b) testing for individual wood burning appliances or ranges of appliances before they are certified as complying with the requirements of the Ecodesign Regulations.

Answered by Greg Hands (Conservative, Chelsea and Fulham) Minister of State for Business, Energy and Clean Growth (BEIS)

Prior to placing a product on the market, manufacturers must demonstrate conformity with the implementing measures as set out in the product specific regulations. This includes a declaration of conformity and technical documentation, and can include relevant standards used to demonstrate compliance. This technical documentation must be kept by the manufacturer for a period of 10 years after production and made available to the market surveillance authority, who can conduct independent testing after the product has launched on the market.

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