In June 2019, as part of its work to tackle climate change, the UK government made achieving net zero carbon emissions by 2050 a legally binding target. The Republic of Ireland has a similar target, and many other countries are now actively following a similar path.
Achieving this goal is vital if we are to prevent irreversible damage to our planet. Until now, progress has been made mainly through big projects like wind turbines, which don’t impact directly on our daily lives.
That’s about to change and we can expect many aspects of how we live will be affected, including how we heat our homes which accounts for about 14% of the UK’s carbon emissions.
In its Heat and Buildings Strategy and off-grid consultation, the Government set out proposals to ban the installation of new fossil fuel oil boilers from 2026 and end the use of Kerosene in the late 2030s. Oil heating homes would also be first in line for adopting heat pumps.