NICEIC RESPONDS TO THE RECENT GOVERNMENT ANNOUNCEMENT:
We are disappointed with the lack of stability for industry that the recent policy announcement made by the government brings. While we understand the complexities and challenges associated with delivering the original targets, especially against the current economic backdrop, we believe the relaxation at this juncture sends mixed messages to industries and consumers which is unhelpful.
However, while the goal posts may have shifted, the ultimate objective remains the same: the electrification of heat and transport is an inevitable and crucial step in our journey towards a greener and more sustainable future.
Those of us operating in the electrotechnical and heating industry will be at the forefront of facilitating our future energy needs and have been diligently preparing for this.
NICEIC’s Technical Director, Paul Collins commented:
“We can’t let this throw us off track. It's not the moment to slow down; in fact, we need to push forward even harder.
The whole nation is depending on us to make this happen, and we've all got to step up to the challenge.
To the many NICEIC certified businesses who have already taken steps to broaden their skills and invest in training, you are on the right path, and you will reap the benefits of this.
The future energy landscape will be shaped by your expertise, and the steps you have taken will allow you to make the most of the opportunities of today and tomorrow.”
It is also important to note that there were some positives in the announcement, for example the increase of the Boiler Upgrade Scheme (BUS) for Heat Pump installations, which is rising to £7,500 and the continued commitment to ensuring all new build properties must have low carbon installations installed from 2025.