Climate deal 'signals end to gas cookers': They'll have to be phased out to meet new targets
Yet more expense and disruption from this evil Leftist hoax. And even if we grant them their assumptions, what sense does it make? Replacing a gas heater by a heat pump does not eliminate the need for an energy supply. Heat pumps run on electricity that has to be generated somehow -- but how would the vast new demand for electricity be met? Britain is already substantially over-run with windmills and solar farms but still gets only a tiny fraction of its electricity supply from them. And domestic heating is mostly used at night, when the sun doesn't shine -- not that it shines much in Britain anyway
The Paris climate change deal spells the beginning of the end for cooking and heating with gas, experts claimed yesterday.
Within 15 years, British families may have to start phasing out gas cookers, fires and boilers if the UK is to meet new tougher targets aimed at halting rises in global temperature.
The United Nations agreement to stop global warming, approved by 195 countries at a summit in Paris after two weeks of intense negotiations, commits nations to reducing greenhouse gases from 2020 onwards to halt climate change.
It was hailed as historic by politicians. David Cameron said: ‘This global deal now means that the whole world has signed to play its part in halting climate change.’
But Britain’s energy plans will now have to be revised as our already stringent targets to reduce greenhouse gases are based on limiting global warming to a rise of 2C.
The new agreement is more ambitious, aimed at limiting warming to ‘well below’ 2C by the century’s end.
The UK is ‘absolutely committed’ to the deal and will be ‘making sure we deliver on it’, Energy Secretary Amber Rudd said yesterday.
Experts predict the stricter targets will mean the familiar sights of gas hobs and ovens and gas-fired boilers will become a thing of the past.
Jim Watson, professor of energy policy at Sussex University, said: ‘This will affect the power sector first, but as we move through to the 2030s and beyond we’ll have to find new ways of heating our homes and cooking our food.’
The Government’s Committee on Climate Change is pressing for alternatives to boilers such as heat pumps – devices which extract warmth from the ground or air.
It wants four million homes to be heated by such devices by 2030, despite each costing £12,000, with installations accelerating after that until gas plays a minimal role in heating and cooking in homes by 2050.
All gas-fired power stations must also close by the mid-2030s unless they strip CO2 from emissions.
Professor Watson added: ‘Gas has served us very well since the 1970s. Whatever we move to next, people will be moving to similar levels of comfort and controllability, which engineers need to get on with.’
Around 23million British homes use gas, with a third of natural gas used in Britain burnt by domestic boilers, cookers or heaters.
Britain is already committed to phasing out coal fired power stations by 2025.
But gas power stations will have to be phased out next, unless a way is found of capturing the CO2 they create – known as carbon capture and storage.
Gas, although cleaner than coal, is our biggest source of greenhouse gas emissions – generating 169million tons of CO2 in 2014.
Bob Ward, who is policy director at the Grantham Research Institute of Climate Change, said that to meet Britain’s commitments the days of cooking with gas were numbered.
He said: ‘The only possible use of fossil fuels that will continue is if they are used to generate electricity, but this will only happen if the carbon dioxide they create is captured and stored.
‘Gas cookers will be phased out, probably as soon as possible. I suspect manufacturers will simply stop making them.’
He added that in years to come some form of carbon tax putting up the cost of gas is inevitable – which will make electric cookers much cheaper than their gas rivals.
CCC chief executive Matthew Bell said: ‘For something like heating, by 2050 gas will be playing a much more limited role and a range of other technologies will have taken its place, meaning low-carbon sources of warmth – heat pumps and so on.’