The Government’s Advisory Committee on Climate Change recommended ending the use of gas heating on new homes starting in 2025 as a report last month informed. The green solution is built only super-efficient properties heated with low-carbon energy instead. This will also mean lower bills for owners and tenants.
The move is one of a series of environmental measures unveiled in a short Spring Statement, as he sought to address one of the major concerns of young people ahead of a second school climate strike. Not only this will be good for the environment, but it will also call the attention for potential millennials buyers, that are investing less in Real Estate purchases every year (good news for Agents around the UK!). He also announced the protection of all the waters around Ascension Island in the Atlantic, where no fishing would be allowed.
Mr Hammond also outlined a call for evidence on whether travel providers should be required to offer ‘genuine carbon offsets’ for their customers to reduce the pollution from their journeys, and proposals to boost green gas in the grid. Along with those measures on climate change, he also announced measures to ensure new housing and infrastructure does not hit wildlife.
Campaign group 10:10 Climate Action’s director, Max Wakefield, talked about the end of fossil fuels in new developments: ‘All our homes and buildings must be made efficient, affordable and zero-carbon within the next two decades to address the climate crisis.
‘Ending the scandal of poor quality new homes is a no-brainer that’s good for everyone.’
Mel Evans, senior campaigner at Greenpeace UK said the plan to end fossil fuels in new homes ‘ are vital’ and welcomed the measures to protect wildlife, but she warned that the current climate ‘emergency’ situation requires much bigger thinking.
‘Issues like the shoddy state of our existing housing stock and rapid adoption of electric vehicles require serious money behind serious policies,’ such as banning new petrol and diesel cars and vans by 2030, she urged.
Dave Timms, from Friends of the Earth, also said that the nation’s children are calling out for tough action to cut emissions. And we are finally listening to them.
*Source: Based on the article wrote By Tim Sculthorpe, Deputy Political Editor For Mailonline, www.dailymail.co.uk