Baxi Group joins Committee on Climate Change in call for step-change to cut carbon emissions
Baxi Group has welcomed the second Annual Report from the Committee on Climate Change (CCC) which calls for major changes in Government policy to meet carbon emission targets.
The report follows a year in which UK greenhouse gas emissions plummeted by 8.6%, mainly due to the recession rather than new measures introduced by Government. It forecasts an annual 4% reduction in carbon emissions to 2022. As the economy improves, the Committee highlights the need for a required 'step-change' in the Government's approach in key areas to achieve this target, including improvements in home energy efficiency. In Baxi Group's view the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) and boiler replacement schemes are two significant initiatives which could help deliver on this target.
"We agree with the Report's demands for a policy step-change to cut the country's carbon emissions" says Simon Osborne, Baxi Group's Channel Specification Manager. "It is imperative that we reduce energy consumption, especially in existing homes. In turn, this will help to address concerns over the security of energy supply. That's why it is important that the proposed RHI is introduced in 2011. We also urge the Government to invest more in boiler scrappage schemes as part of a co-ordinated solution to whole-home efficiency. As the Report makes clear, these schemes work".
The RHI is scheduled to come into force in 2011 and will apply the principles of 'Feed-in Tariffs' to renewable heat. Supporting a range of renewable technologies, the RHI will reward users based on the type of heating method and the output of the appliance. Once other forms of energy efficiency measures (insulation of lofts, cavities, etc) are in place, the RHI will play an important part in cutting carbon emissions and addressing issues of fuel poverty in this country.
The CCC Report identifies that 300,000 more boilers were sold than forecast in the last year. Boiler scrappage schemes were extremely successful, with all vouchers in England claimed within three months (launched 5 Jan 2010), and the Scottish scheme exhausted within 36 hours.
Replacing old boilers with high efficiency boilers (over 90% SEDBUK 2005) can make a significant contribution to carbon reduction, in conjunction with other measures, such as, the use of controls and insulation, says Baxi Group. The company believes that Government could extend boiler scrappage schemes to run during warmer months. Rather than resulting in a hurried 'distress' purchase, such schemes would allow homeowners instead to make an informed choice, choosing the technologies that suit them best and save the most carbon.
Baxi Group is well-placed to help homeowners as well as public and private sector specifiers reduce carbon emissions in new and existing dwellings with its extensive Low and Zero Carbon (LZC) heating and hot water range. All Baxi Group LZC technologies are Solar Keymarked and MCS certified. Baxi Group is committed to developing and supplying innovative new heating technologies that will play a role in tackling climate change, reducing the use of fossil fuels and addressing the issues of fuel poverty. For more information, visit www.baxigroupspecification.co.uk