The new Government “green industrial revolution” will see gas boilers banned and all new homes in London fitted with ground and water heat pumps to help tackle climate change. This will total around 80,000 per year in London by 2028.
“Boris is really going for it, first cars, and now boilers – basically you are witnessing the phasing out of traditional gas boilers for new homes being built in London”, explains Libby Jones from London HVAC contractor AirCon.co.uk.
Under the new plan, new-build homes will need to be heated without gas from 2023, two years earlier than previously announced.
“This is a huge opportunity for those working in both the building and heating industries in London, because the systems need more installation time and groundworks than a simple gas boiler – the industry recons on an extra 17,000 jobs Nationally and London will benefit from this”, adds Jones.
Bean Beanland, of the Heat Pump Federation said, “The heavy lifting must start now to ramp up the manufacture of heat pumps in the UK and their increased deployment in people’s homes in London. Working in partnership with Government, there is also a job to do to communicate the benefits of heat pumps to consumers.”
The Government’s measures also include:
A ban on the sale of new petrol and diesel cars by 2030 (some hybrids will still be allowed)
A £1.3bn investment in electric vehicle charging points
Investment in the offshore wind industry
Developing nuclear power as a clean energy source
Blending hydrogen into the natural gas supply to reduce emissions
“It’s obvious the Government are really pushing the green initiative and we hope it brings benefits to London and the UK as a whole,” added Libby Jones from HVAC contractor AirCon.co.uk