UKLPG calls for LPG use to help reinforce energy efficiency scheme

UKLPG calls for LPG use to help reinforce energy efficiency scheme

Recent announcements by the government have stated that there will be substantial cuts to household energy efficiency funding. In response, the LPG trade association UKLPG has urged ministers to consider future rural boiler replacement programmes.The changes announced in July 2015 included ending the support for the Green Deal Home Improvement Fund (GDHIF). The GDHIF offered an incentive to householders to install a range of energy efficiency measures.The effects of these potential funding cuts are likely to be felt in households without access to the mains grid. This group includes approximately two million homes, or the equivalent of about 4.6 million people.Rob Shuttleworth, chief executive of UKLPG said “The variable quality and age of the UK’s rural housing stock has left many rural homes in need of an upgrade to ensure their heating and hot water requirements are met,”“There is certainly more that the government can do to help off-grid residents achieve greater household energy efficiency.”According to UKLPG, installing an LPG condensing boiler can help achieve greater efficiency and significant carbon emissions savings.LPG boilers have been found to produce fewer harmful emissions than conventional fossil fuels, combustion of LPG emits 33% less carbon dioxide than coal and 15% less than heating oil.Environment Politician MinisterAmber Rudd MP recently confirmed that targets to reduce carbon emissions are essential to safeguarding the UK’s future energy security and supply. The trade association for the LPG industry UKLPG, states that LPG is in a good position to help the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) ensure that these targets are met.“According to the Heating & Hot Water Council, approximately 80,000 oil and gas boilers are replaced in rural Britain each year. We are urging the government to expand this on a wider scale and to support a rural boiler replacement programme to improve household energy efficiency and reduce carbon emissions across off-grid Britain,” said Mr Shuttleworth.“Such a measure would certainly ease the burden for off-grid residents. As we wait to see the impact of the spending review, UKLPG believes this will provide a clearer pathway to help householders to achieve both carbon emissions cuts and greater home heating efficiency.”