Ministers could downgrade plans to ban the installation of new gas boilers from 2035 to an ambition to ensure that homeowners do not face significant costs, The Times has been told. The government was considering a ban on new gas boilers at that date to encourage people to buy more environmentally-friendly alternatives such as heat pumps and hydrogen boilers. The announcement is being considered for the heat and buildings strategy, to be published in autumn. It is seen as a key plank of the government target to hit net zero emissions by 2050. Ministers are concerned, however, about the impact on homeowners, given that heat pumps cost £8,000 to £12,000 to install. They hope that the market will drive down prices but are understood to be cautious about “over-committing”. One minister said that the 2035 target could be framed as an “ambition” rather than a “hard deadline”. Another minister said: “This is not about putting extra costs on people. It’s about sending a signal to the market.” Ministers are also considering extending a scheme that offers £4,000 grants for people to trade in gas boilers. The heat and buildings strategy is one of several big announcements on climate change that has been delayed. Tory MPs are becoming increasingly concerned about the cost of environmental measures as Britain emerges from the pandemic.
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Reports suggest Treasury is drawing up plans to protect poorer households from costs associated with the net zero transition. The government is reportedly considering boosting grant funding for households deploying heat pumps and other forms of green heat technologies, as pressure mounts on Ministers to set out how they intend to accelerate the UK’s transition to net zero emissions. The Telegraph reported this morning that the government is considering increasing grants available through the new Clean Heat Grant scheme, which is due to replace the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) scheme from next March and provide households with grants of up to £4,000 if they switch to approved green heat systems. Under current plans, the scheme is expected to have a budget of £100m that is set to run for just two years. But with the fledgling heat pump market well short of the government’s goal of delivering 600,000 heat pump installations a year from 2028, The Telegraph reported Ministers are considering making the grant more generous while also extending the eligibility criteria for the scheme.
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