A assessment of net zero policy recommends banning new gas heaters within ten years.
In an effort to strengthen the UK’s energy independence in the wake of the war in Ukraine, the study also calls for a “onshore wind revolution” and a five-fold increase in solar panel production.
According to the assessment, which was originally ordered by the former prime minister Liz Truss and carried out by the MP Chris Skidmore, net zero offers “a new period of potential” that may be jeopardized by a lack of ambition on the part of the government.
However, it recognises that the net zero transition will cost households between £4,000 and £6,000 per by 2040, with savings only being feasible after that. This cost will include replacing boilers and purchasing electric vehicles.
The evaluation also issues a warning that unless the government increases help, over 500,000 households won’t be able to save anything over the long term.
It occurs as discussions over the speed and course of net zero during the rising expense of living issue brought on by the conflict in Ukraine continue.
Following a request by ministers worried about blackouts, it was revealed this week that one of Britain’s final coal-burning power stations will be kept operating for an additional two years.
In his capacity as a minister in 2019, Mr. Skidmore ratified the UK’s pledge to achieve net zero emissions by the year 2050.
In an article for The Telegraph, he claims that the UK is “now in a net zero race” with other nations who have adopted its policies and is in danger of losing.
Ms. Truss first made the announcement of the review in September of last year in order to make sure the long-term policy was “pro-business and pro-growth.”
According to the analysis, the government should establish a goal for increasing solar energy from its current 14GW level by five times by 2035. The additional panels might cover 1,500 sq km (580 sq miles), an area larger than Berkshire.
It advocates for a “rooftop revolution,” or the elimination of obstacles to the installation of solar panels on homes and businesses.