Fuels replaced by biomass under RHI in Great Britain 2014-2019

Biomass systems use plant or animal material to produce electricity or heat. Between April 2014 and December 2019, oil was the most known fuel to be replaced by biomass heat pump, with 55 percent of all fuel types displaced being oil based.

Great Britain has begun a transformation to a low carbon heat system, launching the non-domestic Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) in 2011 and further implementing RHI in the domestic sector in 2014. The majority of RHI applications and accreditations are located in Scotland. Under the RHI, fossil fuels have been replaced by air source heat pumps, ground source heat pumps, biomass and solar thermal systems.

Number of fuel types replaced with biomass systems under the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) in Great Britain from 2014 to 2019*

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Release date

January 2020


United Kingdom (Great Britain)

Survey time period

April 2014 to December 2019*

Supplementary notes

* Data covers the period from April 2014 to December 2019. The non-domestic RHI has been in operation since November 2011, and the domestic RHI was launched in April 2014.

** Other/NA refers to any application replacing a fuel type other than the six fuels listed, and installations in new properties in which no previous system exists.

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