MPs cast doubt on the governments heat pump target
Government’s plans to install 600,000 heat pumps a year by 2028 could fail unless there are enough skilled engineers in the supply chain, a group of MPs has warned.
In a letter to energy minister Kwasi Kwarteng, the chairman of the environmental audit committee (EAC), Philip Dunne said there are a number of barriers which could stifle plans to install heat pumps at large scale by that date.
In the letter, the committee chair argues that clear direction is needed for industry given the short timeframe in which Ministers are seeking to deliver substantial increases in the pace of installations.
These include issues with the supply chain, which the committee claims is not currently equipped to install the number of heat pumps required.
Sufficient production and high-quality installation are key to making the roll-out happen, and while the initial growth in heat pump installers will come from reskilling existing gas and electrical engineers, there needs to be a concerted attempt to bring new, skilled entrants into the market.