Why are social and environmental levies on electricity so high?


Despite heat pumps representing a fantastic opportunity for the government to reach its net-zero carbon target, social and environmental levies on electricity still stand at a huge 23% (compared to less than 2% on gas).


At its current state, these levies are acting as a significant barrier to the decarbonisation of heat in the UK, which is why the Heat Pump Federation (HPF) is teaming up with other key influencers in the heat pump sector to petition government to reduce and migrate them from electricity to gas.


Here at Freedom, we have long been supporters of improving the financial case for homeowners to adopt heat pump technologies as, as it stands, there are many instances where using polluting fossil fuels remains a cheaper option. Not only will this help to mitigate against climate change and improve urban air quality, but it will also support heat pump manufacturers and encourage long-term supply chains.


It’s unlikely that the UK can achieve the target of 600,000 heat pump installations a year by 2028 without action to reduce the inflated cost of clean electricity. To support this, we have signed this new petition – and hope you will too!


You can join us in signing here.


To find out more about heat pumps and how they could be beneficial for your clients, get in touch with the team on 02380 274833.