Boris Johnson admits cost of eco boilers must come down

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The Prime Minister admitted the price of heat pumps the Government believes should replace gas boilers must come down. New homes must have low carbon heating from 2025, and new systems in existing homes must follow suit by the mid-2030s under the Government’s plans to drastically cut emissions. Mr Johnson said the Government is working with manufacturers to ensure heat pumps are mass produced to “drive bills down”.

He added: “What we can’t have is a situation in which ordinary homeowners are suddenly faced with an unexpected and unreasonable cost. At the moment these things cost about 10 grand a pop, this is a lot of money for ordinary people.

“We have got to make sure that when we embark on this programme that we have a solution that is affordable and works for people.” Mr Johnson told the Commons Liaison committee the work could be done on a “very rapid timescale” but “at the moment the prices are too high”.

The Government will publish a plan for changing domestic heating systems before it hosts the international climate change Cop26 summit in November.

The PM said they are “determined to keep bills low, that is a priority” and “the only way to do that is to build the market in a very systematic way, to make sure we have the technology and make sure it’s affordable”.

Speaking to MPs, the PM also took a swipe at the EU over the “grossly disproportionate and unnecessary” way it is enforcing Brexit rules in Northern Ireland.

The ceasefire agreed last month on a ban on the sale of sausages from Great Britain in Northern Ireland is only a “stay of execution” he warned, and the problem is “very far from fixed”.

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