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Low–carbon heating to replace gas in new UK homes after 2025 (via The Guardian)

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By Matthew Taylor

Gas boilers will be replaced by low–carbon heating systems in all new homes built after 2025 in an attempt to tackle the escalating climate crisis, Philip Hammond has said.

In his spring statement, the chancellor said new properties would use alternative systems, such as heat pumps, to help the UK reduce its carbon emissions.

However, Hammond appeared to row back on implementing the full recommendations from the government’s advisory committee on climate change last month, which called for new homes to have no gas for cooking or heating from 2025.

The move away from gas heating in new homes was given a cautious welcome by environmental groups, although they said the chancellor had to be more ambitious, systemic and radical if the government was to get to grips with the climate emergency.

Housebuilders said they supported moves to more environmentally sustainable systems, but alternative heating was often more expensive and less effective.

Read more via The Guardian…