The International Energy Agency has released a report calling for the ban of all gas boilers by 2025, if the world is to achieve net zero emissions by the middle of the century.
Home heating with gas or oil is currently a major source of carbon emissions in many countries, responsible for around 20% or C02 in the US and the UK.
The IEA path to net-zero says that in just four years' time, there should be no new fossil fuel boilers sold, except where they are compatible with hydrogen.
Maria Pastukhova, from the E3G environmental think tank said: "The building sector is maybe one of the toughest ones because aside from the emphasis that the IEA has put on efficient buildings, all the old existing infrastructure has to be retrofitted. And that's a particular challenge for governments."
Given that emissions from heating are the single biggest contributor to UK emissions, it is clear that addressing and replacing gas boilers is necessary if we are to achieve net-zero carbon by 2050. Having a variety of options that can be utilised in a diverse range of both existing and new buildings will enable us to take steps in reducing emissions from heat production in the UK; however it is crucial that these new solutions maintain and improve upon the heating systems currently in place.
Article published 18/05/21