PM urged to ensure all new boilers are 'hydrogen-ready' by 2025

21st December 2020

Web hydrogen shutterstock 1141876013 0

Related Topics

Related tags

  • Energy ,
  • Manufacturing ,
  • Technology ,
  • UK government


Matt Winter

Every new boiler installed in UK homes must be “hydrogen-ready“ from 2025, a coalition of manufacturers and grid operators has told prime minister Boris Johnson.

In a recent letter to the PM, gas boiler manufacturers Baxi Heating and Worcester Bosch, along with all five of Britain's gas grid operators, call for hydrogen-ready boilers to be mandated in four years' time.

They argue that this is necessary to ensure people have a choice of different types of low-carbon heating appliances, something that 94% of 2020 Climate Assembly UK members “strongly agreed“ or “agreed“ with.

The letter highlights how household carbon emissions need to drop by 95% between now and 2050, and that offering people hydrogen-ready boilers, heat pumps or innovative hybrid technologies is necessary to maintain public support for emission cuts.

“Hydrogen has an important role to play in the net-zero challenge and can offer consumers a relatively low disruption option for decarbonising heat,“ said Karen Boswell OBE, managing director for UK and Ireland at Baxi Heating.

“A mandate for hydrogen-ready boilers represents an effective pragmatic step which would help to prepare households, simplifying a future changeover.“

The letter comes after the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) called on the UK government to ban the installation of conventional gas boilers in homes from 2025 earlier this year.

Heat is the largest single source of the country's carbon emissions, accounting for over one-third, with half of this coming from domestic buildings, the majority of which are heated by natural gas boilers.

Alternatives such as heat pumps, hybrid systems, and hydrogen-ready boilers should instead be installed to ensure the UK is on track to meet net-zero emissions by 2050, according to the CBI.

It also warned that all heating installations will need to be zero-carbon by 2035, with only compatible technologies like air source or ground source heat pumps, hydrogen boilers or heat networks deployed.

Lord Karan Bilimoria, president of the CBI and chair of its Heat Commission, said that the UK's zero-emissions target is “doomed to fail“ unless urgent action is taken to decarbonise heat from homes and buildings.

“The commission's recommendations offer a roadmap to accelerate progress, ensure our nation stays on a path to sustainable recovery and ensures the UK remains a global leader in meeting climate commitments,“ he added.

Image credit: Shutterstock


Subscribe to IEMA's newsletters to receive timely articles, expert opinions, event announcements, and much more, directly in your inbox.

Transform articles

Weather damage insurance claims hit record high

Weather-related damage to homes and businesses saw insurance claims hit a record high in the UK last year following a succession of storms.

18th April 2024

Read more

The Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi) has issued a statement clarifying that no changes have been made to its stance on offsetting scope 3 emissions following a backlash.

16th April 2024

Read more

One of the world’s most influential management thinkers, Andrew Winston sees many reasons for hope as pessimism looms large in sustainability. Huw Morris reports

4th April 2024

Read more

Vanessa Champion reveals how biophilic design can help you meet your environmental, social and governance goals

4th April 2024

Read more

Alex Veitch from the British Chambers of Commerce and IEMA’s Ben Goodwin discuss with Chris Seekings how to unlock the potential of UK businesses

4th April 2024

Read more

A project promoter’s perspective on the environmental challenges facing new subsea power cables

3rd April 2024

Read more

Senior consultant, EcoAct

3rd April 2024

Read more

Around 20% of the plastic recycled is polypropylene, but the diversity of products it protects has prevented safe reprocessing back into food packaging. Until now. David Burrows reports

3rd April 2024

Read more

Media enquires

Looking for an expert to speak at an event or comment on an item in the news?

Find an expert

IEMA Cookie Notice

Clicking the ‘Accept all’ button means you are accepting analytics and third-party cookies. Our website uses necessary cookies which are required in order to make our website work. In addition to these, we use analytics and third-party cookies to optimise site functionality and give you the best possible experience. To control which cookies are set, click ‘Settings’. To learn more about cookies, how we use them on our website and how to change your cookie settings please view our cookie policy.

Manage cookie settings

Our use of cookies

You can learn more detailed information in our cookie policy.

Some cookies are essential, but non-essential cookies help us to improve the experience on our site by providing insights into how the site is being used. To maintain privacy management, this relies on cookie identifiers. Resetting or deleting your browser cookies will reset these preferences.

Essential cookies

These are cookies that are required for the operation of our website. They include, for example, cookies that enable you to log into secure areas of our website.

Analytics cookies

These cookies allow us to recognise and count the number of visitors to our website and to see how visitors move around our website when they are using it. This helps us to improve the way our website works.

Advertising cookies

These cookies allow us to tailor advertising to you based on your interests. If you do not accept these cookies, you will still see adverts, but these will be more generic.

Save and close