British Gas will continue to market and sell gas boilers despite government hopes to start phasing them out. Britain’s largest energy supplier argues it needs to “upskill” its engineers and develop alternative technology before it can offer greener alternatives. Others such as Ovo, which took over SSE this year, will also continue to promote the polluting boilers. The government wants homeowners to replace gas boilers with ground and air source pumps that use the heat from the environment to warm homes rather than the burning of fossil fuels. The pumps can be powered by electricity from renewable sources. The government has moved forward plans requiring all new homes to have a heat pump installed from 2025 to 2023. This is to help meet its legally binding target of achieving net zero emissions by 2050.
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