A huge shake-up in domestic heating is on its way – and the heat pump industry is primed. The last significant piece of regulatory policy in the heating industry that I can think of is the Building Regulations change in 2005 that led to the requirement for condensing boilers.
Business Green 3rd Dec 2020 read more »
Boris Johnson will promise to cut Britain’s greenhouse gas pollution at a faster rate than any other big economy as part of an attempt to hit net zero emissions by 2050. The prime minister is expected to announce tomorrow a new target to reduce emissions by 69 per cent by 2030 compared with 1990 levels. Last month Mr Johnson published a ten-point plan for cutting emissions that included a ban on the sale of new diesel and petrol cars from 2030. Experts have suggested, though, that the measures do not go far enough. The big issue is gas boilers,” a government source said. “If we really want to make these kinds of inroads we have to do more to decarbonise people’s homes. The prime minister’s ten-point plan will not be enough.” Britain has reduced emissions by 45 per cent since 1990, meaning that the rate of decarbonisation will have to increase by half over the next decade to meet the new target. The government is preparing to bring forward plans to ban gas boilers in new homes from 2025 to 2023. Concerns have been raised about the ability to increase the production of alternatives such as heat pumps and hydrogen boilers. The ten-point plan signalled that replacement gas boilers would be phased out by 2035, although they could be replaced with a “hydrogen-ready” boiler that would initially burn natural gas and switch to hydrogen when it became available. Replacing gas boilers will have significant costs. A typical heat pump, which draws heat from the ground, costs between £7,000 and £19,000.
Times 3rd Dec 2020 read more »