Guest essay by Eric Worrall
Lord Deben, who recently faced calls to resign over a claimed conflict of interest between his role as chair of the UK Government Committee on Climate Change and his thriving green business interests, wants to ensure all new homes use expensive green electricity like the kind of electricity his businesses supply.
End of the gas hob as government advisers say new homes should be ‘off gas grid’ by 2025
21 FEBRUARY 2019 • 12:01AM
Gas hobs could be banned from being installed in new homes within seven years over fears that they are harming the environment.
Under new plans unveiled on Thursday by climate watchdogs no new homes will be connected to the gas grid after 2025 at the latest, in order for the UK to meet its legally binding climate targets.
The proposals, from Government’s official climate advisers, would call time on new gas radiators, boilers and cooking hobs.
The move away from gas hobs is likely to disappoint many home cooks who prefer them to electric as they find the heat is easier to control.
Instead, the Committee on Climate Change has said new homes should rely solely on low-carbon heat sources, such as electric heat pumps or district heating schemes.
Heating a home in Britain using electricity can be very expensive, which is why a lot of people prefer gas. No doubt his Lordship will do his best to ensure poor people have adequate access to community heating schemes, like industrial cooling water, so they can heat their homes with the waste heat.
You have to admire his lordship, the way he tirelessly works to save us from the menace of climate change, both through chairing the government climate committee and through his private business efforts to make renewable energy available to everyone in Britain.