Low carbon heating of homes and businesses and the Renewable Heat Incentive

To meet the targets in the 2008 Climate Change Act, the energy used for heating in homes and businesses will need to be significantly decarbonised. The Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) has been the government’s major programme for decarbonising heat. Under RHI, homes and businesses can apply for subsidies if they install low carbon heating systems including woodchip boilers and electric heat pumps.

The study will examine whether the RHI scheme is value for money. It will focus on the scheme in Great Britain, as we are not responsible for looking at schemes funded by the Devolved Administration in Northern Ireland. The key questions it will cover are:

  • Are the achievements of the RHI cost effective?
  • Did the design and implementation of the RHI support the achievement of its objectives?
  • Are lessons being learnt about the schemes to feed into future low carbon heating policy?

Alongside this study, we are also conducting an investigation examining how BEIS and Ofgem manage fraud, abuse and non-compliance within the RHI scheme in Great Britain.

If you would like to provide evidence for our study please email the study team on enquiries@nao.gsi.gov.uk, putting the study title in the subject line. The team will consider the evidence you provide; however, please note that due to the volume of information we receive we may not respond to you directly. If you need to raise a concern please use our contact form.