The cost of electric-powered heat pumps will fall by half if the Government backs them as a replacement for gas boilers, the Business Secretary has predicted in the clearest sign yet that ministers will endorse the technology later this year. The heat and buildings strategy, to be published in the autumn, is expected to lay out a detailed timeline for the removal of boilers from new-build homes and existing housing stock, in order to reduce the environmental impact of domestic heating. Kwasi Kwarteng promised that the Government would support individuals in the “transition” to green energy and insisted the cost of heat pumps would reduce from the current estimate of around £10,000 per home.
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Carbon taxes and more money to help homeowners switch to green boilers are under consideration by ministers, as a landmark UN report heaped fresh pressure on the Government by warning human activity is leading to irreversible climate change. The Government is examining proposals to extend both the cash amount and the eligibility of a £4,000 “clean heat grant” due to launch next April to help households with the upfront cost of replacing a gas boiler, The Telegraph can reveal. Kwasi Kwarteng, the Business Secretary, confirmed on Monday that his department’s long-delayed blueprint for cutting carbon that was emitted in the process of heating homes would be published next month. The “heat and buildings strategy” will set out options for phasing out the sale of new gas boilers, with a ban on new installations from 2035 expected to be formally announced. Mr Kwarteng said he was “very keen that something equivalent” to a green homes grant that was scrapped earlier this year was “brought back to encourage owner occupiers to take the steps to decarbonise their houses”. He is discussing proposals with the Chancellor, alongside a potential “carbon tax route” that would force polluters to pay for their emissions, the Business Secretary told BBC Radio 4.
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