UK climate pledge on gas boilers for 2023 ‘vanishes’

Posted: November 21, 2020 by oldbrew in climate, government, Uncertainty
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Domestic gas central heating boiler

Now you see it — now you don’t. The claimed ‘climate emergency’ will just have to wait, until 2025 at least. A reprieve for new home buyers.
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The prime minister’s pledge to ban gas boilers from new homes by 2023 has been withdrawn, says BBC News.

The promise first appeared on the Downing Street website this week attached to Mr Johnson’s climate plan.

But the date was later amended, with the PM’s office claiming a “mix-up”.

The original statement from Number 10 announced this goal; “2023 – Implement a Future Homes Standard for new homes, with low carbon heating and world-leading levels of energy efficiency.”

That means no room for gas central heating, which is a major contributor to the emissions over-heating the climate [Talkshop comment: evidence-free BBC assertions].

The latest version of the 10-point climate plan on the Number 10 website includes the line: “Homes built to Future Homes Standard will be ‘zero carbon ready’ and have 70-80% lower carbon emissions than those built to current standards.”

Crucially there’s no target attached to the new version of the policy – the 2023 date has disappeared.

A Downing Street spokesperson told BBC News there had been a “mix-up”, saying: “The government wants to implement the measures under the Future Homes Standard in the shortest possible timeline.

“We’ve consulted on introducing this by 2025 and will set out further details in due course.”

But Andrew Warren from the British Energy Efficiency Federation said: “It’s unbelievable to think there would have been a ‘mix-up’ on a really important prime minister’s document like this.

“Are we expected to believe they can’t tell the difference between a 3 and a 5? Here we go again.”

Full report here.

  1. Gamecock says:

    ‘That means no room for gas central heating, which is a major contributor to the emissions over-heating the climate.’

    What is ‘the climate?’

    UK’s contribution to CO2 emissions is 0.04%. How much of that is gas central heating, 10%?

    So 0.004% is a ‘major contributor.’

  2. oldbrew says:

    Someone remembered that 2023 was before the expected date of the next UK general election?

  3. Coeur de Lion says:

    Decarbon(dioxide)ation will never happen. Mauna Loa will continue to increase at about the present rate until the crack of doom – or perhaps about 500 ppm and harmless. The globe will be a bit colder. Relax

  4. Chaswarnertoo says:

    Gamecock. It’s less. 10? % of 1.5% of 4 % =0.00006 %
    Not measurable, so no effect.

  5. Phil Salmon says:

    Here in Belgium we’ve just had a new gas boiler installed. It’s only to run till 2030 when there will be no more gas home heating. They’ve also just decided to shut down their nuclear plants in 2025 as well. I hope they still have some non intermittent generation by then.

  6. saighdear says:

    Feels like yesterday – can still SEE the SCARS on the landscape of Digging up the fields etc to lay Large PLASTIC pipes to carry gas across rural Scotland to givves us ‘Mains’ gas in the countryside.

  7. ivan says:

    Did someone finally get across the ‘man in the ministry’ that having a few houses and tower blocks going bang when a hydrogen leak meets a spark would not be good publicity, or good for the next election.

  8. oldbrew says:

    Some good points there, but can Matt Ridley explain how the climate can be ‘tackled’? We’ve had enough of such empty waffle.

  9. spetzer86 says:

    Wonder what happens to a grid teetering on the edge during Winter when you increase the number of electrical devices furiously running at below the temperature they have any true value trying to give heat to millions of homes?

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