Electricity from renewable sources - such as wind and solar power - could meet around half of the UK’s electricity demands by 2030, at a price which is just as cheap as that of coal, oil or gas generation.
The Chancellor of the Exchequer, Philip Hammond, has today announced the Government’s commitment to ban fossil fuel heating from new homes by 2025. In today’s Spring Statement, Hammond confirmed the introduction of a new standard for new build homes will be introduced by 2025, in order to future-proof new build homes with low carbon heating, such as heat pumps.
According to the latest advice from Government advisors, new build homes should be banned from connecting to the gas grid within as little as 6 years in order to tackle climate change. As reported in the Times and the BBC, The Committee on Climate Change report, titled “UK Housing: Fit for the Future”, suggests that all new-build homes in the countryside should be heated by heat pumps, rather than traditional fossil fuel boilers.
There has never been a better time to make the decision to heat your home using a heat pump - a renewable energy technology becoming increasing popular in the UK.
Experts have said that major energy efficiency refurbishment of millions of homes are required in order to cut carbon emissions. This comes following the news of keeping the world below 1.5C warming.