Government idea to rid gas boilers labeled ‘absurd’: The government intention to ‘rip out’ the current gas boilers from 24 million UK homes is ‘utterly absurd’, stated the GMB Union.

The union forecasts the projected restriction on new gas boilers set ups could make energy bills higher as well as possible weeks of interruption for households.

GMB said the effect of disruption might be more apparent in the alleged red wall regions, containing North East, Yorkshire & Humber that have the greatest proportion of homes joined to the gas grid.

The ban on new gas boiler fittings is apparently going to be started from 2035.

This last August, there were reports stating that Boris Johnson was thinking about pushing the projected ban to 2040.

Andy Prendergast, GMB National Secretary, stated: “Ripping out existing boilers across 26 million homes across the UK is utterly absurd.

“It will lead to heating chaos for millions of people & general resentment towards the UK’s drive to net-zero, especially if households are then forced to rely on unproven heat pump technology.

“By investing in hydrogen technologies, we can use our existing gas network instead of throwing it all away. And thousands of skilled gas engineers across the country will have jobs adapting the systems.”

A BEIS authority stated: “The government has absolutely no plans to ‘rip out’ existing boilers, this is deeply misleading.

“Over the next 15 years, we will incentivise households to switch to less polluting & more efficient heating systems as people come to replace their fossil fuel boilers. Our entire approach will be to keep energy bills low & ensure this gradual transition away from gas boilers is fair and affordable for consumers & the taxpayer.

“In addition to our world leading Hydrogen Strategy, our detailed approach in this area will be set out shortly in the Heat and Buildings Strategy.”

Government idea to rid gas boilers labeled ‘absurd’

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