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Scotland to ban fossil fuel boilers

Fossil fuel-powered boilers will be banned in all new-build homes in Scotland from 2024, a year earlier than the UK-wide ban coming into effect from 2025.

The measure is part of a package of proposals published by the Scottish government last week in a consultation called the New Building heat Standard (Part II). The document sets out plans to replace fossil fuel boilers with low carbon alternatives like heat pumps, solar heating and electric boiler systems.

Zero Carbon Buildings Minister, Patrick Harvie, said in BusinessGreen, “Scotland's homes and buildings account for approximately a fifth of all our emissions, and we know that we need to take bold, ambitious steps to ensure we meet our climate obligations.

“New buildings will lead the way in cutting emissions, and earlier this year we published new energy standards that will cut emissions of all new-build homes by nearly a third.

“The proposed regulations are another major change to achieve our climate targets and make our homes and buildings warmer, greener and cheaper to run.”

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Last updated 02 August 22