Posted on: 19/03/2019
New homes won’t be allowed to install gas central heating from 2025 under proposals unveiled in The Spring Statement by the UK Government.
Instead, the “Future Homes Standard” announced will require new homes to have “low-carbon heating and world-leading levels of energy efficiency.”
Although the move has been welcomed, environmental campaigners have called for more action to reduce the carbon footprint of housing.
Dave Timms, Head of Political Affairs at environmental group Friends of the Earth, said: “Banning fossil fuels from heating new homes from 2025 is an overdue but positive step forward, but we can’t continue to neglect our existing housing stock, many of which leak heat and cost a fortune in fuel bills."
But he criticised the fact that nothing was being done to reverse the “massive cuts to home energy efficiency programmes, which have seen insulation rates plummet to almost zero”.
‘Shoddy’ existing housing
Green Alliance’s policy director Dustin Benton said: “Our work shows that zero carbon homes cost the same to build as high carbon ones and, given what we know about climate change, selling people a home they’ll have to retrofit in future to reduce their climate impact borders on misselling.”
Mel Evans, Senior Campaigner at Greenpeace UK, said: “Tackling the climate emergency demands much bigger thinking."
“Issues like the shoddy state of our existing housing stock and rapid adoption of electric vehicles require serious money behind serious policies.”