Shadow Energy Secretary impressed with Kensa’s commitment to tackling fuel poverty

Ed Miliband, the Shadow Secretary for Energy and Net Zero, toured Kensa’s Cornwall factory to see how some of the UK’s leading Ground Source Heat Pump solutions are being developed and discuss how the British company can help UK decarbonise heat. 

Joined by local Labour candidates Perran Moon and Jayne Kirkham, Mr Miliband met with Kensa’s CEO, Tamsin Lishman, and other employees to discuss Kensa’s plans to decarbonise heat and hear more about how they are delivering affordable, renewable heating and cooling to people across the UK. 

With backing from Legal & General and Octopus Energy, Kensa is working to improve heating in communities across the UK by delivering its heat decarbonisation solution – Networked Heat Pumps.

Networked Heat Pumps consist of ground source heat pumps installed in individual properties, whether that is flats, terraced streets, or new-build homes, connected to a shared network of underground pipework, providing each property with low-cost, renewable heating, hot water, and cooling. 

This solution has already been implemented for thousands of properties across the UK, including multiple high rise social housing projects. In Thurrock, where Kensa’s solution replaced inefficient electric storage heaters in 273 high-rise social housing flats, residents were able to see bills fall by as much as  ,  to afford to heat their homes properly.

Ed Miliband, Shadow Minister for the Department for Energy and Net Zero, told Kensa’s Tamsin Lishman:

“I’m incredibly impressed by everything I’ve seen here. The workforce, the vision, the commitment to tackling fuel poverty, I think Kensa’s got a really important role to play. 

“It (ground source heat pumps) is an innovative technology, it’s a crucial technology, it’s absolutely part of the mix if I’m concerned, and If Labour’s in Government and I’m the Secretary of State after July 4th, I look forward to working with Kensa to tackle the shared goals we have, to tackle fuel poverty and decarbonise our country. 

“It’s not just about decarbonisation, and clean energy and tackling fuel poverty, it’s about good jobs for people, it’s about good wages which is really important to Cornwall and really important across the country. Talking to people on your (Kensa’s) shop floor, they’re really enjoying what they’re doing, but we need more people to know about these opportunities.”

The Government has an ambition to install 600,000 heat pumps a year by 2028. Powered by the wider adoption of Networked Heat Pumps, Kensa expects to contribute significantly to this figure, ramping up heat pump production to 70,000 a year by the end of the decade and creating over 7,000 green UK manufacturing jobs in the process. 

Earlier this year, Kensa launched its newest ground source heat pump, the Shoebox NX. The compact heat pump, designed for networked heat pumps, is five times more efficient than a gas boiler, will deliver heating and cooling for almost any home and is small enough to fit inside a cupboard.

Following the visit Kensa CEO, Tamsin Lishman, said: 

“It was a huge pleasure to welcome Ed, Perran and Jayne to our factory today and explain our vision to deliver affordable, renewable heating and cooling to millions of people across the UK using Networked Heat Pumps.

“Networked heat pumps are already servicing thousands of properties across the UK, lowering energy bills, tackling fuel poverty and keeping people warm in all types of properties, whether that’s social housing flats, terraced homes or new-builds. 

“Backed by our investors, we’re excited to expand the reach of Networked Heat Pumps. By decarbonising heat street-by-street, tower-block-by-tower-block, we will help create thousands of green UK manufacturing jobs and help ensure greater energy security.”