Energy bill-payers will be asked to subsidise the installation of tens of thousands of new gas boilers across the UK under government plans, at a time when experts say gas boilers should be urgently phased out. Experts said it was baffling that ministers should be promoting the installation of new fossil fuel boilers, instead of low-carbon dioxide alternatives such as heat pumps. At least 20,000 new gas boilers will be installed under the energy company obligation (Eco) scheme, which requires energy companies to fund improvements that should cut greenhouse gas emissions. The long-running scheme has been criticised in the past for providing discounts to well-off households to replace ageing gas boilers with more efficient models, rather than focusing on more difficult but more effective improvements, such as helping low-income households with home insulation. In a consultation document, slipped out this summer without fanfare, the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy laid out plans for how the Eco should work from March 2022 to March 2026. The government’s “preferred option”, shown in the 62-page document, is for 20,000 new gas boilers to be installed in homes that currently lack central heating.
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