Installing for time?

Think tank: Social Market Foundation

Author(s): Amy Norman; Niamh O Regan

February 8, 2022

This report from UK think tank Social Market Foundation looks at new evidence on the attitudes of home heat installers towards decarbonisation and heat pumps.

Getting to net zero crucially means replacing millions of those fossil-fuel burning gas boilers with something else, like a heat pump. But is the workforce prepared for this monumental task? We spoke to home heat workers and the wider industry, finding that there is a willingness among installers to retrain as well as a recognition of the commercial and altruistic opportunities in delivering clean heating. However, there are structural and attitudinal barriers in the way, not just for retraining the existing pool of workers, but also growing the pipeline of new entrants.