It would appear that Boris Johnson’s Net Zero promise to install 600,000 heat pumps per year by 2028 won’t happen after all now that Britain’s big boiler firms have promised households that they will be able to buy cheap hydrogen and ‘hydrogen-ready’ boilers instead.
The only question is how much the hydrogen that is supposed to heat our homes will cost consumers.
We’ll have to wait for the government’s hydrogen strategy which is reported to be launched at the end of August.
HYDROGEN boilers will cost no more than gas ones, saving Brits hundreds of pounds, top firms say.
The Big Four boiler firms have joined forces to vow a new price promise, meaning consumers will save a total of £2.3billion if they upgrade to an eco-friendly hydrogen model in future.
The new tech from Worcester Bosch, Valliant, Baxi and Ideal will save thousands of tonnes of emissions being pumped out from gas which is used now.
Experts previously estimated they would be at least £100 more.
Mike Foster, Chief Executive of the boiler industry’s trade association, the Energy and Utilities Alliance (EUA) who brokered the deal, says the price-promise is a major boost to consumers and the fight against climate change.
He said: “Consumers want to do their bit to reduce the impact of their homes and help deliver a greener future, but are concerned about the cost.
“If the Government commits to its own rumoured legislation, this could mean that low-carbon homes could be a reality for everyone in the UK without homeowners facing gargantuan price tags.”
The association’s research has found most of the public are unwilling to pay more than the price of a new boiler for new green alternatives.
It comes after The Sun revealed last week that ministers are considering pushing back the ban on new boilers back from 2035.
The move would give Brits more time to swap over and for the price of new tech to come down, but risks missing crucial net zero goals by 2050.
via The Global Warming Policy Forum
August 3, 2021