Clear government phase out plan for gas and oil heating + incentives

There are many households using oil or natural gas to heat their homes.  At some point in the future these heating systems will need to be retired.  I suggest:

  1. An incentive program encouraging change away from fossil heating now.
  2. Clear guidance from building control / government stating what dates these forms of heating will no longer be allowed to be installed.
  3. A clear government policy around future fossil heating taxation so households can start planning futre expenditure.

 

Why the contribution is important

In my mind it is unfair for the government to allow household to continue installing fossil heating systems when it is clear that these will need to phased out (at an additional future cost to the household).

Clear government policy on this is very necessary.

by ozzyjon on February 02, 2021 at 02:42PM

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  • Posted by NickPalmer February 02, 2021 at 15:46

    Natural gas heating systems can be replaced with anaerobic biogas created from food and agricultural wastes. If Jersey had an all Island food waste collection scheme, it would improve collection rates of other recyclables, and their quality, and reduce the load on the incinerator
  • Posted by TKHathaway February 02, 2021 at 19:10

    While, I personally think elements of such a clear 'phase out strategy' are good. I do not necessarily believe that either an 'incentives program' or 'new tax' are the best public policy levers to achieve this.

    The problems with incentives is that this is an additional cost to island taxpayers, and while it would likely generate an element of economic growth/recovery in the wake of the pandemic for construction and home installments, it shall also likely distort the market slightly and thus might not be a terribly efficient spend; if used as a blanket approach.

    Additional 'green taxes' have the problem that people don't like to pay any taxes given the chance! And so such a strategy undermines the effort by being lacking in the 'public goodwill' factor.

    Furthermore there will be many people who have purchased homes, who may be 'penalized' by such a law or public policy, and may put under hardship or struggle to rapidly upgrade their home heating, especially after the pandemic, when many people who were employed may have been forced into spending their savings due to government imposed restrictions.

    Those that are more affluent, or have been less affected by the pandemic may possess the capital to rapidly upgrade their home, yet less affluent people may be forced instead to pay the on-going tax, as they might lack the capital for those home improvements. From this perspective politicians and policy makers may be tempted to introduce all manner of exemptions and conditions, because of people claiming they can't afford it, that further then undermine the overall strategy.

    In my opinion a more solid approach, might be to clearly legislate for all new build properties, and heating infrastructure replacement has to be of *the highest environmental standards* whatever those may be (I am no expert), making this a real paradigm shift to 'best practice' and giving the construction industry say 6-12 months notice, so they can get to grips on what this shall entail.

    Thus incrementally, overtime, the island as a whole shall move towards having more energy efficient, and less carbon producing housing stock, as new properties are built, and heating systems are replaced. This could also take the form of ensuring there are energy outlets in places like garages for the future adoption of electric vehicles, and enhanced insulation standards as well (might as well put all 'domestic environmental standards' in the same piece of legislation).

    The question is then only left on existing housing stock and how quickly the 'natural replacement' cycles would convert most town and suburban properties?

    If it is found, after analysis, that 'natural replacement' is insufficiently fast to achieve States Assembly targets, then we should be considering a phased program of works across the island. Perhaps somewhat similar to JT broadband/fiber roll-outs. Perhaps taking one parish at a time, going to each ratepayer property, assessing the cost of works to make that property compliant, and then the government subsidizes say a % of the cost.

    The downside of such an approach would be that it signals to people they will be 'better off waiting' as the government will part pay.

    Therefore to mitigate that, any such strategy should be making clear, that if it gets to that point, while government/parish might 'foot the immediate bill' to convert properties, ratepayers may then have to then pay increased rates after such works, to repay the parish or government for the investment in their property.

    Obviously any property purchase thereafter would carry the debt with it, and perhaps the parish/government would get a claim against the value of the property sale in such an instance, to avoid the cost being 'transported' to the next owner.

    Therefore the 'home owner still pays' just they may end up doing so in different ways, and more importantly - when they have the money to do so and/or spreading the cost over time, and hopefully avoiding putting the less affluent in financial hardship in the process.

    But that's just my opinion, feel free to disagree.
  • Posted by lisanoel1968 February 02, 2021 at 20:19

    We can make energy from our own poo each house only needs an anaerobic digester

    Solar panels on every house is not difficult to achieve, we promote Jersey as one of the sunniest places in the British Isles how many houses in Jersey have Solar Panels. Dies Jersey’s Government encourage homeowners landlords to install solar panels??

    I can’t believe that all the properties especially Andiums latest builds don’t have solar panels. If ppl are living on benefits in social housing their electricity is a big bill which is such a waste of their benefit it could be provided for by the sun

    The new Le Quennevais School does not have solar panels??? Unbelievable!!!

  • Posted by Nigelblandin February 05, 2021 at 07:34

    I think the clients of the construction industry, those who commission and pay for buildings must look further than cost and potential profit.
    BUT, we must all accept that the changes we must put in place will cost all of us. We have to accept that some of the luxuries and excesses we all enjoy may have to go in the name of change. None of us want that, but it is a fact.
    We need government and politicians to take a brave pill , stand on a box and be honest. It won’t win many votes now though...which may be the reason they don’t?

    By the way, Les Quennevais school has the following:
         Four Electric vehicle charging points
    • 100 Photo Voltaic Solar Panels with system output of 30kWP
    • 100% LED lighting complete with automatic regulation to daylight
    • 11 Electric Air Source Heat Pumps
    • Extensive metering enabling the site manager to monitor and manage areas of high load

    We have to be careful in this discussion to ensure the facts we use are correct , as best as we can check, or the whole conversation will suffer.
  • Posted by lisanoel1968 February 05, 2021 at 15:56

    What are the advantages and disadvantages of an air to air heat pump?

    The main advantages of an air source heat pump are:

    They generate less CO2, so they're better for the environment
    They don't need much maintenance once they're installed
    You can use them for air-conditioning in summer
    They use electricity more efficiently than electric heating units

    The main disadvantages are:

    You need a suitable property with sufficient space to handle a unit outside your property
    Ideally your property should have underground heating installed to maximise the efficiency of the heat produced
    They can be colder than traditional radiator units, so you may need to keep them on for longer
    You won't see much saving if you're switching from mains gas
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