Renewable heating fastest growing area for UK renewable industry

By Katie Anderson on January 22nd, 2014

Renewable heating technologies are the fastest growing area for the renewable energy industry in the UK. But according to a new report most Brits remain unaware of renewable heating options, despite the soon-to-be-launched Renewable Heat Incentive.  

The UK needs to install an additional 750,000 renewable heating systems if it is to meet 2020 carbon targetsYes it seems a lack of awareness about available renewable heating technologies and a lack of understanding about their benefits still exists.

Published by renewable heating company Innasol and analysts Frost & Sullivan, the Renewable Heat Report claims that the majority of homeowners in the UK are still in the dark about renewable heating options open to them. And even those surveyed who said they were aware of renewable heating products were somewhat dubious about switching to renewable energy and the costs involved.

More clearly needs to be done to raise awareness and educate homeowners about the benefits.

The report reveals that almost 80% of all domestic energy used in the UK is for heating, and that the average household spends £816 on heating their home each year. And with heating of businesses and domestic dwellings responsible for a hefty 38% of the UK’s total carbon emissions, the importance of renewable heating technologies such as solar thermal, biomass boilers and heat pumps should not be overlooked.

When the Renewable Heat Incentive (also known as the RHI) goes live later this year homeowners could enjoy annual savings on heating bills of more than 45%, according to the report.

Addressing the report’s findings, Innasol CEO Silo Spiess said people in the UK were missing out largely due to a continued lack of awareness and understanding surrounding the range of renewable heating options and the financial incentives of the RHI scheme.

Jonathan Robinson from Frost and Sullivan agreed that much more needs to be done to make sure both homeowners and businesses were clued up on the economic and environmental benefits of renewable heating.

He said: “Renewable heating is the fastest growing area within the already large UK renewable energy industry. In 2010 to 2011 it was worth £12.5 billion, growing at 8 times the rate of the UK’s economy.

According to Department of Energy and Climate Change estimations the UK needs to install an extra 750,000 renewable heating systems if it is to meet crucial 2020 carbon emission targets.

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