In January 2020 the New Decade, New Approach (NDNA) document, published by the UK and Irish Governments, provided the basis for restoration of devolution in Northern Ireland. NDNA included a commitment for reform to take account of the findings of the Independent Public Inquiry into the Non-Domestic Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) Scheme and, in relation to the Executive’s potential Programme for Government strategic priority of addressing climate change, a specific commitment to closure of RHI itself and replacement with a scheme which effectively cuts carbon emissions.
The Department for the Economy therefore consulted on options for the future of the Non-Domestic RHI Scheme. The consultation closed on 9 April 2021 with 427 responses received.
The decision on the future of the Scheme will be taken by the Executive collectively, assisted by the outcome of the consultation. A comprehensive report on the consultation, indicating how responses were considered in the formulation of policy, will be published following a decision on the way forward.