London -- The UK Government has announced the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI). The incentive is set to provide £860 million of incentives within the renewable heat sector, and in doing so reduce carbon emissions by a predicted 44 million tonnes. The RHI will promote the use and installation of green heat technologies such as solar thermal heating systems and biomass boilers. It gives incentive to increase number of industrial, commercial and public sector installations by seven times to 2020 and a full system of RHI payments to households from October 2012.
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* Currently around half of the UK’s carbon emissions come from the energy used to produce heat – more than from generating electricity. The RHI will reduce emissions by 44 million tonnes of carbon to 2020, equivalent to the annual carbon emitted by 20 typical new gas power stations .
* Over 95 percent of heat in the UK is currently produced by burning fossil fuel but with North Sea supplies now in decline leading to an increase in imports, low carbon alternatives are needed.
* The new financial incentive will encourage installation of equipment like renewable heat pumps, biomass boilers and solar thermal panels to reduce emissions and support the existing 150,000 jobs in the heating industry.
Chris Huhne said: “Renewable heat is a largely untapped resource and an important new green industry of the future. This incentive is the first of its kind in the world. It’ll help the UK shift away from fossil fuel, reducing carbon emissions and encouraging innovation, jobs and growth in new advanced technologies.”
More information on the tariff system for industry and for households can be found under decc.gov.uk. Quelle: UK Department of Energy and Climate Change