Phillip Hammond bans fossil fuel heating for new homes in Spring Statement

Written by: Jo Gallacher | Published:
Government will introduce a Future Homes Standard to deliver low carbon and lower fuel bills, Hammond announced

All homes built from 2025 onwards will be heated without fossil fuels, chancellor Phillip Hammond has unveiled.

Speaking to Parliament in his Spring Statement, Hammond said government will introduce a Future Homes Standard to deliver low carbon alternatives and lower fuel bills.

There will also be a drive to increase the proportion of green gas to the grid, offering ample opportunity for future Energy from Waste projects.

Hammond announced a call for evidence on the Business Energy Efficiency Scheme, announced in last year’s Autumn Budget, which will help small businesses cut carbon emissions.

Describing climate change as “one of the most complex problems of our time”, Hammond was keen to emphasise the UK as a world-leader in carbon reduction.

He said: “[The UK must]…build sustainability into the heart of our economic model.”

Following on from the Autumn Statement, Hammond referenced the current consultations on new tax and regulatory measures to tackle plastic pollution.

He also pointed to the upcoming Environment Bill which will uncover the biodiversity net gain for development in England.

Cambridge Economics Prof Partha Dasgupta has also been appointed to lead a global commission to estimate the global value of nature in economic terms.

FCC Environment’s chief executive Paul Taylor said the Chancellor's statement had overlooked the the resource and waste industry.

He said: “It is disappointing that there appears to be a disconnect between the strategic direction outlined in the recently published Resources and Waste Strategy, and the environmental priorities set out by the Chancellor in his Spring Statement, which made no mention of the importance of meeting waste and recycling targets.

“If we are to fulfil our ambition to be the most resource efficient country in the world, we need to act now to set out, in statute, a waste policy framework that’s fit for the future.

Yet others were pleased with the announcements.

Charlotte Morton, Anaerobic Digestion and Bioresources Association (ADBA)’s chief executive, said: “The UK’s green gas industry strongly welcomes the government’s commitment to increasing the proportion of green gas in the grid in order to decarbonise the UK’s heat supply, and we look forward to more detail on this in the promised consultation as soon as possible.”


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