Call for Government to mirror car scrappage scheme - for boilers

A petition has recently been set up to ask Government to work with manufacturers of central heating boilers to create a 'Boiler Scrappage Scheme'.

Posted on 1 September 2009

The car scrappage scheme was billed as a way to reinvigorate the British motor industry, whilst lowering carbon emissions from a sector that produces almost 20% of the total carbon emissions in the UK. Now plumbers, boiler manufacturers and associated industry are calling for a similar government-regulated scheme for old boilers, in an effort to stimulate the market for this industry, and deliver carbon reduction benefits.

The petition, led by Williams and Co. Managing Director Mick Williams, will try to push the boiler scrappage scheme through Government, arguing that:
 
‘According to the 'Energy Saving Trust' if everyone in the UK with gas central heating installed a high efficiency condensing boiler, we would save enough energy to heat 3.4 million homes for a whole year and save around 13 million tonnes of Carbon Dioxide. The householder could also save around a third on their heating bills.

The recently introduced car scrappage scheme has proved a success for the car industry, but a boiler scrappage scheme, along the same lines, could be even more successful.

It would help the Government to achieve its’ climate change targets, and would benefit boiler manufacturers, plumbers merchants and installers by stimulating demand. Finally it would benefit the householder by saving them money.’

The petition can be found at:
http://petitions.number10.gov.uk/boilerscrappage.

EDIE

Posted under Waste Management and Other Manufacturing on 1 September 2009