The UK government has announced plans to phase out the installation of gas boilers in new homes from 2025, as part of its efforts to reduce carbon emissions and meet its 2050 net-zero target. This means that from 2025 onwards, new homes built in the UK will be required to use low-carbon heating systems, such as heat pumps or district heating systems, instead of gas boilers.
However, this ban on gas boilers in new homes does not mean that existing gas boilers in homes will be banned or that homeowners will be required to remove their existing gas boilers. The government has not yet announced any plans to phase out existing gas boilers in homes. However, it is encouraging homeowners to upgrade to more energy-efficient heating systems, such as heat pumps, through schemes such as the Boiler Upgrade Scheme.
It’s important to note that the plans are subject to change and there’s no specific date for the ban of gas boilers yet. The government will be monitoring the progress and the technology advancements to set the definitive date for the ban.
In the meantime, homeowners may want to consider upgrading their existing gas boilers to more energy-efficient models, or explore alternative heating options such as heat pumps, solar thermal, or biomass boilers to reduce their carbon footprint and energy costs. It’s recommended to consult with a professional heating engineer to determine the best option for your home.
By: James Eades
Operations Director, James Eades is EnergyMyWay's in-house expert on renewable energy policy, microgeneration technologies and best practice in the renewable energy industry.