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Gas boiler replacements: Desperate Boris tries to calm fears UK households face £10k cost

In recent months, the Government ramped up its commitments to green initiatives.

In late May, the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy announced it would inject a £166.5million cash boost into green technologies in a bid to “help the UK meet its world-leading climate targets”.

This announcement came just six months on from the publication of the Prime Minister’s 10 point plan for a green industrial revolution.

The Government detailed the multi-million pound investment would be: “awarded to innovators, businesses, academics and heavy industry right across the UK, [accelerating] the delivery of the critical game-changing technologies needed to further drive Britain’s climate change ambitions, while creating over 60,000 jobs across the UK.”

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Gas boiler replacement warning: £10,000 bills to hit UK households over zero-carbon pledge

Gas boilers are used by around 25million households in the UK. With heating contributing to 30 percent of the UK’s total greenhouse emissions, the installation of gas boilers will no longer be allowed by 2025. The UK was the first major country to make it law that greenhouse gas emissions will be net-zero by 2050 and banning gas boilers is just one way the Government is tackling the climate crisis. Who will the change affect?

Andrew said: “Households will have to rip out their gas boilers and replace them with more expensive heat pumps or hydrogen. 

“The climate change committee says that will cost £250billion, others put it much higher, who’s going to pay for that?”

Rishi replied: “Well we’re already investing in helping low income households with exactly that transition and that’s one of the things we will have to look to do.”

Andrew added: “The average cost of £10,000 per household, which will be mandated by the Government, who pays?”

The full details are to be confirmed in a new Heat and Buildings Strategy which is said to be published later in the year.

Heat pumps work by extracting warmth from the air or the ground, or from water.

Due to the huge cost that heat pumps come with, several organisations have signed an open letter calling for financial support for low-income households.

Eco-friendly boilers which burn hydrogen are also said to be another sustainable heating method, costing around £100 more than a standard gas boiler to purchase.

The International Energy Agency (IEA) said no new fossil fuel boilers should be sold, except where they are compatible with hydrogen, if the UK is to meet its target by 2050.

Juliet Phillips, a senior policy advisor at the E3G think tank, one of the organisations behind the call, previously said: “Moving from a gas boiler to a heat pump is one of the biggest carbon savings a household can make.

“But it must be affordable and we urge the Government to support our fair heat deal to ensure no one is left behind in the green industrial revolution.

“If done right, the UK can lead the world in reducing carbon emissions from heat while slashing energy bills, boosting the economy and protecting the fuel poor.”

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