Boris Johnson has confirmed that all gas boiler installations will be banned across the UK by 2035, leading the way for all new heating systems to replace them.
The new heating systems will use low carbon technologies, such as electric heat pumps, or support promising new technologies like hydrogen-ready boilers. This measure is part of the new Heat and Buildings Strategy, which the government have laid out plans to tackle emissions in homes and businesses.
Households will be encouraged to replace their gas boilers with all new heating systems with the benefit of a £5,000 grant to help fund the new system.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson said: “As we clean up the way we heat our homes over the next decade, we are backing our brilliant innovators to make clean technology like heat pumps as cheap to buy and run as gas boilers, supporting thousands of green jobs.
“Our new grants will help homeowners make the switch sooner, without costing them extra, so that going green is the better choice when their boiler needs an upgrade.”
Business and Energy Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng said: “Recent volatile global gas prices have highlighted the need to double down on our efforts to reduce Britain’s reliance on fossil fuels and move away from gas boilers over the coming decade to protect consumers in long term.
“As the technology improves and costs plummet over the next decade, we expect low carbon heating systems will become the obvious, affordable choice for consumers. Through our new grant scheme, we will ensure people are able to choose a more efficient alternative in the meantime.”
Heat in buildings is considered one of the largest sources of carbon dioxide emissions, accounting for nearly 21% of the UK’s total.