The Britain will ban the sale of gas boilers

Published: 27.10.2021 Related countries:  United Kingdom United Kingdom

Prime Minister Boris Johnson confirmed ban on all new gas boilers by 2035. Instead, the London government will offer households £5,000 in support to move to more "green" resources. However, these alternatives are significantly more expensive and environmental organizations warn that poorer families will not be able to afford them.

The new plan was presented by Prime Minister Boris Johnson as part of the government's strategy to decarbonise housing and achieve carbon neutrality by 2050. However, there are widespread doubts, whether is the government's effort for a mass transition to "greener" resources realistic at all.

Critics argue, that a £5,000 incentive will not be simply enough, because alternatives such as hydrogen boilers, heat pumps with ground collectors and biomass boilers currently cost between £10,000 and £20,000.

Cheaper variants, such as solar panels, are not very reliable, due to the changeable weather in Britain. Hydrogen boilers, on the other hand, are not even on the market yet and they are currently produced only in prototypes. And the introduction of heat pumps using soil is not technically feasible for small houses as well.

According to experts, the government's proposal is unrealistic simply because, there are not enough workers to introduce new energy sources to more than 30 million households. They claims, that technically it could take more than 100 years. However, British ministers assure, that households will not have to get rid of their old gas boilers. Johnson's cabinet is counting on the price of greener alternatives to go down by 2035.

Source: Daily Mail