The Prime Minister is reportedly considering pushing the ban on installing gas boilers into new homes back to 2040 from 2025, according to Energy Live News. This potential change of plan comes in response to backlash from housing developers and families who are concerned over the price of green boiler installation and upkeep.
There are two main types of green boilers, biomass boilers which burn wood and condensing boilers which re-use energy created by burning fuel. Both still contribute to global warming, but drastically less than the traditional gas boiler.
A biomass boiler can cost between £11,000 to £23,000, condensing boilers are much cheaper ranging from £500 to £1,700 compared to the traditional gas boiler which sells at an average of £1000.
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At the start of 2019, the Government announced a ban on gas boilers preventing their installation in new homes by 2025. That same year, the UK achieved a significant green target by sourcing more power from renewables than fossil fuels.
Downing Street released a statement on 18 November 2020 announcing that the gas boiler ban date will be brought forward from 2025 to 2023, in order to align with its bold net-zero plans for 2050.
Shortly after, the BBC reported that this date had been removed from the government’s 10-point plan to address climate change.
A Downing Street spokesperson said there had been a “mix-up”, adding: “The government wants to implement the measures under the Future Homes Standard in the shortest possible timeline.”
Andrew Warren from the British Energy Efficiency Federation responded by saying: “It’s unbelievable to think there would have been a ‘mix-up’ on a really important prime minister’s document like this.”
The Committee on Climate Change estimated that the scheme will need to install 2.5 million heat pumps in new homes by 2030 if the government wants to meet its decarbonisation targets.
Writer Beth Howell from the eco experts said that the gas boiler ban is “evidence that the UK government is taking renewables seriously”.
The International Energy Agency (IEA) has taken the British initiative further by suggesting that no new fossil fuel boilers should be sold globally from 2025 onwards.