In an effort to help the world meet its zero emissions goal, households are being warned that gas boilers could be banned from 2025.
The move is just one of 400 measures announced to fight global warming, with others calling for a ban on the sale of highly polluting gasoline and diesel cars by 2030.
When gas is produced, it releases carbon emissions into the environment – a factor contributing to the current global climate problem.
The International Energy Agency (IEA) says that from now on there is no room for further exploration or supply of coal, oil or gas, reports Mirror Online.
He said no new fossil-fueled boilers are expected to be sold from 2025 unless they are compatible with hydrogen.
The IEA has said the path to reducing emissions to “net zero” by 2050, which is necessary to avoid dangerous temperature increases, is “narrow but still achievable.”
Global warming of more than 1.5 ° C above pre-industrial levels can damage ecosystems and land due to more extreme weather conditions and higher sea levels.
Fatih Birol, Executive Director of the IEA, said: “The magnitude and speed of effort demanded by this critical and formidable goal make it perhaps the greatest challenge humanity has ever faced. “
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What the gas boiler ban means for your home
There are warnings that from 2023 new homes will need to have low-carbon alternatives, such as electric heat pumps installed instead of traditional boilers.
For everyone, homeowners will need to have their old gas boilers replaced within the next eight years.
Currently, around 30,000 heat pumps are installed in homes across the country each year, but the UK government wants to increase that figure to 600,000 a year by 2028.
Ofgem said it is also looking at different ways to make homes electric, such as using electricity to power heat pumps.
Heat pumps and low-carbon networks could add £ 5,000 to the cost of new construction, due to underfloor heating and larger radiators, compared to a typical £ 1,000 boiler.
However, replacing a gas boiler with a heat pump could save four-bed house owners £ 1,300 a year on their heating bills, according to figures from Rated People.
A report from More Than shows that 49% of homeowners plan to make green improvements to their home in the next 12 months.
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Andrew Moore, of More Than Insurance, said: “Homeowners have the opportunity to adopt greener alternatives to heat their homes.
“By installing more energy efficient heating systems, homeowners could save up to 8,700 kg of carbon emissions entering the atmosphere each year, as well as up to £ 183 on their annual energy bill.
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