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feeling hot? Now the SNP-led Scottish Government also believes the net zero drive should be scaled back as it pushes back a ban on new gas boilers from 2025 to 2028.

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The Scottish Government has pushed back a ban on new gas boilers by three years, from 2025 to 2028.

The SNP-led administration described the delay as a ‘fair and clear’ way to achieve its decarbonisation plans.

Patrick Harvie, minister for zero carbon buildings and co-leader of the Scottish Greens, announced the move as part of a new consultation on net zero proposals.

It marks a change in the status of the Bute House agreement – ​​the power-sharing deal between the SNP and the Scottish Greens at Holyrood.

In the agreement, both parties promised to phase out the installation of new or replacement fossil fuel boilers in off-grid properties from 2025 and in homes connected to gas mains from 2030.

But Mr Harvey said in a statement to the Scottish Parliament that the same target date of 2028 has now been set for both on- and off-grid homes.

‘A timeline effective from 2028 would be more fair and clear,’ he told MSPs.

The Scottish Government has pushed back the ban on new gas boilers by three years, from 2025 to 2028

Patrick Harvie, minister for zero carbon buildings and co-leader of the Scottish Greens, announced the move as part of a new consultation on net zero proposals.

Patrick Harvie, minister for zero carbon buildings and co-leader of the Scottish Greens, announced the move as part of a new consultation on net zero proposals.

The move by the Scottish Government to make changes to its decarbonisation plans follows action by Prime Minister Rishi Sunak in September.

In his U-turn on major net zero plans, the Prime Minister pushed back the ban on new diesel and petrol vehicles to 2035.

He also promised new exemptions for almost one-fifth of households to replace their gas boilers with low-carbon alternatives.

But, in his statement to MSPs, Mr Harvie sought to compare the Scottish Government’s ‘ambitious’ plan for clean heating with the UK Government’s.

He said all home owners will have to ensure that their properties meet minimum energy efficiency standards by 2033.

Mr Harvey said the Scottish Government would also consult on plans to ensure that gas boilers are replaced with cleaner appliances such as heat pumps in all homes and buildings by 2045.

He told MSPs: ‘The timeline I am outlining today takes Scotland on the most ambitious path ever undertaken within the UK, with clean energy at a scale and speed far greater than the current take-up rate. The heating system is deployed.

From 2028, private landlords in Scotland will have to ensure that their properties meet minimum energy efficiency standards, after which they will not be allowed to lease to a new tenant if the standards are not met.

Homeowners must ensure their property meets these standards by 2033, although the Scottish Government is not proposing to ban sales for those who do not.

The consultation document set out a number of requirements for a minimum energy efficiency standard – including 270mm of loft insulation, draft-proofing and cavity wall insulation.

It says homeowners who install ‘as many of the measures as possible’ will meet the standard.

Miles Briggs of the Scottish Conservatives said the Scottish Government has not set out how much the average homeowner will have to pay to meet the requirements, adding that some rural homes would face bills of more than £30,000.

He said: ‘Patrick Harvey’s unrealistic and hugely expensive plan marks the start of a 10-year timebomb for more than half of Scotland’s homeowners.

‘This appears to be a repeat of the fire alarm failure – but on steroids. They have a deadline but no plan for how it will be achieved.

‘And there is nothing to assure that ministers understand the real costs that homeowners across Scotland will have to suffer.’

Liberal Democrat MSP Liam MacArthur said the Scottish Government has ‘downgraded’ its plans to decarbonise buildings.

He said: ‘The clear mission to bring one million homes to climate-friendly heating by 2030 has now been missed.’

Mr McArthur said the Scottish Government’s scheme to upgrade private rented homes had been used by only 215 properties over three years.

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