UK Government to ban fossil fuel systems in new builds by 2025

Posted: October 3, 2019 by oldbrew in Emissions, Energy, government
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Gas is supposed to be ‘polluting’, but wood-burning power stations are OK? Yet more climate-related government policy nonsense is wheeled out, in line with the obsession over a minor trace gas in the atmosphere.

Polluting fossil fuel heating systems such as gas boilers will be banned from being installed in new homes by 2025 under new plans proposed by the government, reports Energy Live News.

They will be replaced with the latest generation of clean technologies such as air source heat pumps and solar panels, according to Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick.

The announcement is part of the new Future Homes Standard, which aims to bring an “environmental revolution” to home building, tackling climate change and cutting emissions in new homes by almost a third while keeping household bills low.

The government is consulting on the proposals on how changes to building regulations, including energy efficiency requirements, can drive down the carbon footprint of homes built after 2025.

Under the plans, new homes must achieve between 75% to 80% lower carbon emissions than those built to current energy efficiency requirements, supporting the government’s new target for net zero emissions in the UK by 2050.

That means a new home built to the Future Homes Standard might have a heat pump, triple glazing and standards for walls, floors and roofs that significantly limit any heat loss.

Mr Jenrick said: “Building new homes isn’t just about bricks and mortar, I want to ensure everyone – including developers – do their bit to protect the environment and give the next generation beautiful, environmentally friendly homes that local communities can support.”

Full report here.

  1. oldbrew says:

    Will they also ban people from fitting gas or oil central heating after buying these homes?

  2. ivan says:

    As usual the twits forget to define where all the energy to drive all this is coming from. Solar panels won’t cut it in winter when it is needed even if all the new houses have their roofs facing due south and at the correct angle. Then the other part of the missing equation is where is the toxic waste going when said solar panels need replacing in 15 to 20 years.

    This is complete and utter stupidity from complete and utterly stupid greens who can’t think beyond what they are told by the eco-activists.

  3. Graeme No.3 says:

    At the current of backwards progress by 2025 we will be keeping ourselves warm by burning witches. Make sure you keep a good supply of witches available.
    HINT those with a green colour would be the preferred fuel by then.

  4. Stuart Brown says:

    It’s feeling a bit wintry today in the UK, temp barely in double figures (degC), and my heating is on. But our mighty fleet of wind turbines is waiting for storm Lorenzo to turn up and the sun is being shy. As I write tells me that wind and solar doesn’t even add up to the output of our last few nukes. In fact we are getting over twice the power out of burning US wood chips at Drax. Over half our electricity is coming from burning gas as it very often does, plus a bit of coal.

    There must be energy losses associated with getting gas to my house to keep me warm via my 80%+ efficient condensing boiler, and I realise heat pumps are effectively over 100% efficient in electrical terms since most of the heat is sucked in from outside – but… To get 5kW of heat in my house on an average winterish day, which method actually releases the least CO2? I know which will be cheaper for sure!

  5. Stuart Brown says:

    I meant to add that in 5 years and 3 months noting much will have changed, but that’s not true. Half our nukes will have shut down by then in 2023 and 2024.

  6. p.g.sharrow says:

    The logic of Watermelons escapes me. Just WHERE is all this “Clean Energy” going to come from?
    Wind and Solar PV is not capable of doing it, not now, not ever. Improved efficiencies can help reduce the needed growth in demand but not nearly enough to make up for the enforced reductions in supply. It has been proven over the last 50 years that following this “Green” path destroys wealth faster then it creates new wealth. Now the Ecoloons and their pet politicians DEMAND that we jump off the cliff into energy poverty to save us from the nonexistent problem of CO2 caused Global Warming in the face of real Global Cooling caused by the quiet Sun.

  7. tom0mason says:

    Maybe the Centrica answer is what they believe will ‘solve’ all the problems, smooth out the ‘unreliables’ peaks in generation while the customer pays for it.

  8. Chaswarnertoo says:

    Have we reached peak moron yet?

  9. stpaulchuck says:

    as usual, the types who go for this ‘green’ nonsense are all about feelings and never about rational critical thinking nor about rational projections into the future.

    Somehow the magic energy fairies will make all these windmills, solar panels, poop digesters, etc. extremely efficient when connected to their perpetual motion batteries.

  10. Reblogged this on The Most Revolutionary Act and commented:
    That means a new home built to the Future Homes Standard might have a heat pump, triple glazing and standards for walls, floors and roofs that significantly limit any heat loss.

  11. Gamecock says:

    Start drying your cow dung. You’ll need it in 2025.

  12. pochas94 says:

    Maybe Boris can help.

  13. Power Grab says:

    Heat pumps, huh? I wonder how many heat pumps they’re using up north in tundra land?

    I remember reading an article one time that IIRC was from a government source. It said that my part of the world (in fly-over land in the US where we typically have 4 real seasons and have need of both air conditioners and heaters to maintain sanity) was alpine tundra in the last ice age.

    I did live for a few years in a place that had a heat pump. You couldn’t really crank up the heat in that place. You didn’t freeze indoors, but you always felt like you needed an extra layer of clothing.

    It seems to me that at a latitude where the Thames froze, conditions would be favorable for at least tundra, if not colder terrain.

  14. cognog2 says:

    Sounds like only the rich and well heeled will be able to afford to live in these wonderful dwellings. Meanwhile we have a housing crisis similar to post WW2 which we sorted with those wonderful prefabs. Some of them still around today, looking very trim.

  15. Dodgy Geezer says:

    I have put my order in for a ‘Mr Fusion’ briefcase-sized nuclear reactor.. .should be ready about the same time as this policy is rolled out…

  16. oldbrew says:

    More ‘green’ policy nonsense…

    Billions to Disappear as Britain Goes Electric and Loses Fuel Taxes
    4 October 2019

    Think tank calls for urgent action to replace lost fuel duties
    New system should reflect distance driven, hour and location

    Fuel duties raise 28 billion pounds ($35 billion) — almost 4% of total government receipts — and all of that will disappear in coming decades unless action is taken, the Institute for Fiscal Studies said in an analysis published Friday.

    The commitment to reaching zero net emissions by 2050 represents “a huge long-run fiscal challenge” for the government.

  17. oldbrew says:

    Date: 04/10/19 Dutch News

    Governments should stop wasting billions of euros in subsidising new biomass power plants and the conversion of existing power plants because it is unsustainable, the European Academies Science Advisory Council (EASAC) has said.
    – – –
    In the Netherlands no fewer than 628 biomass installations are being planned with a combined subsidy package of €11.4bn, the AD said. The government has said biomass has to become an important source of sustainable energy in order to achieve climate goals and compensate for the loss of gas production in Groningen.

    What planet do biomass backers think they’re on? They claim to be scared of CO2, then pump out more of it than coal or gas equivalents.

  18. Gamecock says:

    The people buying houses will evaluate their options. With good, warm, reliable gas boilers off the table, they’ll make their decisions. Their decisions won’t be what the government wants. Under the rule of unintended consequences.

    We have many nice houses for sale in South Carolina. Any kind of heating system you want.

  19. oldbrew says:

    All new Welsh homes ‘should have EV charging points’

    All new residential developments in Wales should have charging points for electric vehicles (EVs), according to an assembly committee.

  20. marsmmmm says:

    So what’s the solution going forward? Do we continue to burn fossil fuels?

  21. marsmmmm says:

    Our house is heated by an air source heat pump, and we have solar panels. Yes, solar doesn’t help a huge amount in autumn/winter, but our heating is cheaper using 100% green electricity than our oil boiler:

  22. marsmmmm says:

    They’ve developed heat pumps for use in Scandinavia that work efficiently in -20C.

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