Government deadlines loom to ban the sale of new gas boilers or fossil-fueled cars, with Britons urged to adopt greener alternatives instead

Gasoline is being phased out

Time is running out for Britons with gas boilers and cars running on gasoline or diesel as the government has deadlines in mind to trade them in for greener alternatives.

A government ban on gas boilers has been due by 2025 as part of plans to tackle climate change and help the world meet its zero emissions goal.

The ban is the idea of ​​the International Energy Agency (IEA), which has said that no new fossil fuel boilers should be sold from 2025, except when they are compatible with hydrogen. .

But in the UK it could now be postponed to 2040 because of the backlash from the soaring cost of ‘net zero’ on households ahead of the COP26 climate conference this year.

This delay would give companies more time to develop more affordable alternatives to traditional gas boilers.

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Current alternatives are heat pumps, which can be expensive to install, or experimental hydrogen systems.

Standard boilers cost around £ 1,000, but heat pumps can cost £ 5,000-14,000.

What does the ban on gas boilers mean?

Any ban would apply to new boilers installed in new homes first, with a total ban on new boilers to follow for all types of property.

However, replacing a gas boiler with a heat pump could save owners of a four-bedroom home. £ 1,300 per year on their heating bills, according to figures from Rated People.

The days of gas boilers could be numbered


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The government does not intend to penalize homeowners who do not make the switch.

Instead, he favors the carrot approach rather than the stick.

Households will be able to modernize their boilers for thousands of pounds less than the current price as part of the measures put in place to make homes more environmentally friendly. The grant will be launched next year and will apply in the business of a business.

Elimination of gasoline and diesel cars

The ban on new gasoline and diesel cars will be brought forward to 2030.

After this point, drivers will only be able to buy a fossil fuel car if they are used. The only new vehicles allowed will have to be electric or powered by some kind of green energy.

Boris Johnson confirmed the ban in November of last year.

The ban is part of the Prime Minister’s “ten point plan” for a green industrial revolution.

He hopes the proposals will spur efforts to meet Britain’s commitment to net zero carbon emissions by 2050.

The future is electric


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The Prime Minister has announced £ 1.3 billion to speed up the installation of electric vehicle charging points in homes, streets and highways.

He has also pledged £ 582million in subsidies for zero or ultra-low emission vehicles to make them cheaper and encourage uptake.

Other pledges were nearly £ 500million over four years to develop and mass produce batteries for electric vehicles.

Other measures include creating Britain’s first fully hydrogen-heated city, developing small and advanced nuclear reactors, and making ‘greener, warmer and more’ homes, schools and hospitals. more energy efficient ”.

The government has set a target to install 600,000 heat pumps each year by 2028, and Mr Johnson reiterated the Conservative Party conference’s commitment to build enough offshore wind turbines to power every home.

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