Ban new boiler sales to switch people over to heat pumps, says infrastructure tsar

NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE KNOW THAT

By Paul Homewood

h/t Ian Magness

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A ban on the sale of new boilers will be needed to persuade people to switch to greener heat pumps, the Government’s infrastructure chief has said.

An annual target of 600,000 installations of heat pumps by 2028 has been set by Downing Street.

Heat pumps, which draw energy from the air or ground using electricity, can cut carbon emissions by roughly 75 per cent, but currently cost about £10,000 to install.

The National Infrastructure Commission is investigating ways to fund the transition and encourage the take-up of heat pumps and will make recommendations to the Government next year.

However, Sir John Armitt, its chairman, suggested that a ban on the sale of new gas boilers would have to be part of the answer.

He told The Telegraph: “Why would you move to a heat pump at somewhere between £5-£15,000 as long as you…

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