Public support for the UK’s net-zero emissions goal could evaporate if households are forced to pay thousands of pounds to switch to green heating systems, climate groups have warned. It is “politically untenable” to expect households to pay for the full costs of heat pumps, according to climate campaigners, following reports that the UK Government is planning a forced switch to green heating without generous subsidy schemes in place. Heat pumps typically cost about £10,000 – significantly more than traditional gas boilers – but climate experts say they will be essential in decarbonising home heating. Reports suggest that the Government is considering banning the installation of new gas boilers by 2035 but ministers have set out little detail on how households will be expected to pay for the switch to heat pumps. Campaigners say that any date for banning new gas boiler installations is irrelevant without subsidies to help households pay for greener heating. They warn that ministers risk losing public support for the UK’s commitment to move to a net-zero economy if they do not soon set out a plan for funding the transition.
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