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Rishi Sunak delays petrol car ban in major shift on green policies

A nine-year delay in the ban on new fossil fuel heating for off-gas-grid homes to 2035.

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Rishi Sunak has delayed a ban on new petrol and diesel cars in a major change to the government’s approach to achieving net zero by 2050.

The prime minister announced exemptions and delays to several key green policies, alongside a 50% increase in cash incentives to replace gas boilers.

The government could not impose “unacceptable costs” linked to reducing emissions on British families, he said.

In a speech from Downing Street on Wednesday, Mr. Sunak said moving too fast on green policies “risks losing the consent of the British people”.

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Among the key changes announced were:

  • A five-year delay in the ban on the sale of new petrol and diesel cars, meaning a requirement for all new cars to be “zero emission” will not come into force until 2035
  • A nine-year delay in the ban on new fossil fuel heating for off-gas-grid homes to 2035.
  • Raising the Boiler Upgrade Grant by 50% to £7,500 to help households who want to replace their gas boilers.
  • The ban on the sale of new gas boilers in 2035 remains, but the government will introduce new exemptions for poorer households.
  • Scrapping the requirement on landlords to ensure all rental properties had an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) of grade C or higher, from 2025.

The announcement was brought forward after plans to change the proposals were revealed by the BBC.

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