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Concerns for Harlow residents over plans to rip out boilers

General / Mon 13th Sep 2021 at 07:50am

THE Government’s plan to ban the installation of new gas boilers will leave 2.1 million East of England homes with huge bills and potentially weeks of disruption, says GMB Union. 

The Government is reportedly planning on banning new gas boiler installations from 2035 – although it is rumoured that the ban may be put back to 2040.  

GMB, the UK’s energy union, warned policymakers that 2.1 million East of England homes are connected to the gas grid. Nine out of ten households currently use gas (86 per cent). [1] 

Under Government plans, bill payers could be forced to install an electric heat pump. Installing a basic model costs £8,750 on average before VAT – equivalent to almost a third (30 per cent) of the average East Midlands household’s entire annual income. 

The cost for some households could be much higher.  

People in Harlow face the most intense disruption of any area as the most connected place to the gas grid in the country – with an estimated 95.1 per cent of households connected to the grid. 

GMB Union calls for a conversion programme to green gasses such as hydrogen which could support 100,000 jobs.

Andy Prendergast, GMB National Secretary, said: 

“Ripping out existing boilers from more than 2 million homes across the East of England is utterly absurd. 

“It will lead to heating chaos for millions of people and general resentment towards the UK’s drive to net zero – especially if households are then forced to rely on unproven heat pump technology. 

“By investing in hydrogen technologies, we can use our existing gas network instead of throwing it all away. 

“And thousands of skilled gas engineers across the country will have jobs adapting the systems. 

“Hydrogen is crucial to meeting our net zero targets and crucial for ensuring a proper transition for gas workers.” 

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2 Comments for Concerns for Harlow residents over plans to rip out boilers:

Edward
2021-09-13 08:21:17

This government hasn't a clue, first it's building old technology houses and polluting roads that massively massively increase carbon dioxide emissions simply in the build structures, second we aren't developing hydrogen fuel cell tec but are embracing battery driven cars (that in manufacturing have a bigger carbon footprint than fossil fuel cars, and because of the pollution caused by mining the metals in said batteries will cause even greater pollution), thirdly under investing in moving rapidly to a hydrogen economy and fourthly under investing in green industries. The GMB are right, scientifically, environmentally and industrially hydrogen is the answer. The uk is already lagging behind in moving to this technology and hundreds of thousands of potential jobs are being lost as other countries development their hydrogen industries. It's just like every other technological and engineering we are too slow and too late, it was a disgrace that once being world leaders we hadn't even the tec to build 5G without Chinese tec, nor build nuclear power stations (which is another wrong tec white elephants that we shouldn't go to), we are dependent on foreign car companies for our car industry and when was the last time one could by anything that says entirely invented, designed and "Made in Britain" stamped on it. Heat pumps like the batteries in cars are the wrong ways to go. Better insulation and passive building tec like using concrete that absorbs CO2 rather than emitting it would produce faster and more affordable results. As for existing gas boilers improving house insulation and developing Carbon dioxide sequestration removal technologies would be more effective and could be ramped up exponentially today.

jarrett
2021-09-13 11:53:13

Whereabouts does it say taking out old gas boilers and replacing? It is for new builds so just a scare story by another bunch of left wing doomsters.

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