New gas boilers will effectively be banned by the mid-2030s and have to be replaced with low-carbon alternatives such as heat pumps and hydrogen boilers, the government has said. An energy white paper published yesterday said that the country would have to “transition completely away from natural gas boilers” as part of the target to hit net-zero emissions by 2050. At present about 1.7 million gas boilers are installed every year. The government will also launch a consultation on whether it is appropriate to end gas grid connections entirely for new homes. The Times has previously reported that gas boilers for new homes could be banned as soon as 2023. The white paper also states that 4 million off-grid households in rural areas, which rely on stored oil or gas for heating and hot water, will have to move to green alternatives. It says the government will bring forward a “backstop date” for phasing out fossil-fuel heating systems in these homes.
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