Gas hobs and gas boilers use fossil fuels which produce greenhouse gas emissions. Scientists believe these gases are contributing to global warming by increasing the temperature of the planet. This is a problem because the UK is committed to reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 80% by 2050 based on 1990 levels. This has recently become even more of a problem as emissions from housing suddenly increased by 1% last year, which is believed to be due to reductions in the installation of household energy efficiency measures. Gas is cleaner than coal, but it is still bad for the environment. To reduce these emissions the committee has said new-build homes should be banned from connecting to the gas grid. Instead of gas hobs these homes could be equipped with electric induction hobs and homes could be warmed using heat pumps.
BBC 21st Feb 2019 read more »
KITCHENS across Britain could look very different over the next six years after proposals were unveiled to ban gas hobs and boilers to curb climate change. Government advisers have unveiled proposals which would mean an end to gas cookers and gas-fired central heating in new-build homes by 2025. The proposals have been published by the Government’s Committee on Climate Change which says that developers should be forced to install low-carbon heating systems so that Britain’s legally binding emissions targets can be met. It warned that British homes are not fit for the future with stalling efforts to cut greenhouse gases from housing and properties at growing risk of overheating and flooding. This would mean that newly-built homes would not be able to have gas boilers or stoves fitted, stopping them being connected to the gas grid.
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