The UK government has announced plans to do away with gas powered heating systems and cookers by 2050 as part of its new ‘Clean Growth Strategy’.
Moving towards a more sustainable future is no longer a niche concern. The government’s strategy lays out £2.5b worth of plans to help cut the use of fossil fuels in businesses, transport and average homes. It was produced by the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy.
Commenting on the announcement on Wednesday, one energy industry representative said: “You would not have seen this 10 years ago.”
This is not the first target designed to help us go green. The government has already made progress with its plan to have smart meters rolled out to every home by 2020. It also made a promise in July to ban the sale of petrol and diesel cars by 2040.
All of this stems from the 2008 Climate Change Act, which introduced a commitment to ‘ensure that the net UK carbon account for the year 2050 is at least 80% lower than the 1990 baseline.’
So far the UK’s progress in growing its economy while simultaneously cutting carbon emissions has outpaced all other G7 countries.
Climate Change Minister Claire Perry said: “By focusing on clean growth, we can cut the cost of energy, drive economic prosperity, create high value jobs and improve our quality of life.”
While this will be welcome news for many, critics of the Clean Growth Strategy have pointed out that it does not specify which alternatives to gas will be the most cost effective going forward.
One possibility is converting all appliances to run on biogas or hydrogen. Energy Minister Claire Perry also suggested that stamp duty could be cut for energy efficient homes to help homeowners install insulation.
“That would be one of the incentives,” she said on Radio 4’s Today Programme. “We also need to look at building regulations.”
Indeed, there are already plans to have all new rural homes built with low-carbon heat pumps by 2025.
“The world is moving from being powered by polluting fossil fuels to clean energy,” said Business and Energy Secretary Greg Clarke. “It’s as big a change as the move from the age of steam to the age of oil and Britain is showing the way.”
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