GP practices could get up to £6,000 to upgrade their boiler to a greener heating system as part of a government scheme to support the decarbonisation of heat in buildings.
Practices in England and Wales can apply for the boiler upgrade grant, which is worth between £5-6k per property, to replace their gas, oil or electric heating system with either a heat pump or biomass boiler.
The government scheme is offering a total of £450m until March 2025, and is likely to cover many primary care practices, according to an NHS primary care bulletin on 13 April.
To be eligible for the grant, practices need to:
- Have installed, or plan to install, a new heating system on or after April 2022
- Be replacing a fossil fuel heating system, such as oil, gas or electric
- And have a maximum installation capacity of 45kWh.
Grants are not available for hybrid heat pump systems, such as a combination of gas boiler and air source heat pump, and the system must meet certain efficiency standards.
But properties that have already received funding to make it more energy efficient, such as installing insulation, are still eligible for this grant.
It comes as the NHS has a commitment to reach net zero by 2045.
Those wishing to apply for the grant can find more information on the Government website.
Earlier this month, a practice in Somerset shared some easy steps to become more environmentally friendly, including looking at energy consumption within the practice.