PM recommits UK to net zero by 2050

Prime Minister, Rishi Sunak laid out plans on Wednesday 20th September, for the UK to reach net zero by 2050, whilst making the transition easier and less of a financial burden for British families.

We are awaiting more details of when these changes will take effect from, particularly around the increase to the Boiler Upgrade Scheme, which it has been announced will be increased by 50% up to £7,500.  This will be very welcome for homeowners, moving away from fossil fuel heating to a heat pump to heat their home.

We are pleased the government is listening and providing more support for people to replace their existing heating systems with energy efficient heat pumps.  As soon as we have more information, we will update our website with the full details.

The headlines of the Prime Minister’s speech were:

  • UK’s over-delivery on reducing emissions provides space to take a more pragmatic, proportionate, and realistic approach to reaching net zero, while maintaining all our international commitments.
  • Revised plans will ease the burden on working people, as the Prime Minister forges a credible, transparent path to net zero that maintains public consent.
  • Ban on the sale of petrol and diesel cars will be moved back to 2035 and new policies forcing landlords to upgrade the energy efficiency of their properties will be scrapped.
  • The ban on new fossil fuel boilers for certain households will be delayed while cash grants for boiler upgrade schemes will increase by 50% to £7,500 for those who want to transition now.
  • Prime Minister confirms worrying proposals such as seven recycling bins and taxes on meat and flying will never happen on his watch.

Read the full update on the government website here

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