UK ‘will take 700 years’ to reach low-carbon heating under current plans

UK ‘will take 700 years’ to reach low-carbon heating under current plans

Energy experts say record rise in new gas boilers installed shows UK going in wrong direction

Ministers must come forward with stringent new plans for low-carbon heating, as targets to insulate homes and generate more power from offshore wind are inadequate and sales of gas boilers showed a record rise last year, energy experts warned.

At current rates, it will take 700 years for the UK to move to low-carbon heating, and at least 19,000 homes a week must be upgraded between now and 2050. There was a record rise last year of 1.8% in the number of new gas boilers installed, showing that the UK is going in the wrong direction.

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