Rishi Sunak: Changes to boiler ban deadline

Thursday 21st September 2023

Yesterday Prime Minister Rishi Sunak delivered a speech in which he set out changes to the Government's green commitments. Whilst still committed to reaching net zero carbon emissions by 2050, there has been a change with the phasing out of fossil fuel boilers from 2026 to 2035.

“Moving the phase out date to 2035 brings welcome parity between off-grid and on-grid households. The 2026 off-grid fossil fuel boiler ban would have seen many in our rural communities having to spend tens of thousands of pounds on electric heating systems for hard-to-treat homes where they would have been unsuitable. 

The new pragmatic approach now taken by Government is welcome. We look forward to working with Government on adopting a mixed-technology approach to off-grid heating. The LPG industry has a credible pathway to be 100% renewable by 2040, enabling consumers to use renewable liquid gases in their current heating systems, and negate the need for a costly retrofit and installation for those hard-to-treat properties, whilst still seeing significant carbon reductions of up to 90%, compared to fossil LPG.

For those of off-grid consumers who won’t have to or can’t install a heat pump, they can still make a significant contribution to Net Zero by switching to renewable liquid gases. We look forward to working with Government on the development and deployment of renewable liquid gases at scale.”

For further information or comment please contact James Calder james.calder@liquidgasuk.org

The trade association for the LPG and bioLPG industry in the UK