The Renewable Heat Incentive (also known as RHI) is a government incentive paid to homeowners who switch to a renewable energy system for their properties to help lower their carbon footprint and assist with slowing climate change in the UK and future-proofing their home heating.
With the concentration of carbon dioxide (CO2) in the atmosphere projected to maintain an average 411 parts per million (ppm) throughout 2019, there is a long way to go before the ambitious goals of the Paris Agreement are met. To put this into context: atmospheric CO2 hovered around 280 ppm before the start of the Industrial Revolution in 1750 – the 46 per cent increase since then is the main cause of global warming. Reliable temperature records began in 1850 and our world is now about one degree Celsius hotter than in the “pre-industrial” period.
Investment in low carbon technologies is a private investment for a public benefit and can’t happen soon enough especially in the UK where we are very far behind some other European countries switching to renewable energy systems for our homes.
The Renewable Heat Incentive will earn you money…
Since opening in April 2014, the scheme has already seen thousands of people successfully join and receive payments to help them switch from their current system to one that is much more friendly for the environment.