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New report calls for Boiler Scrappage to Tackle Air Quality

The Heating and Hotwater Industry Council, HHIC commend a new report from Policy Exchange entitled ‘Up In The Air' which recommends the creation of a boiler scrappage scheme to improve air quality in the UK.

 Stewart Clements Director of HHIC said "Gas combustion from boilers and cookers has until now, rarely been considered when discussing air quality, despite its significance.

We know that there are approximately 9 million inefficient boilers in UK homes, contributing to both carbon emissions and poor air quality. Not only that, they are more expensive to run than their modern day counterparts. Modern boilers achieve efficiencies of around 90%, compared to efficiencies of 70%. They also perform significantly better in terms of emissions of greenhouse gases such as CO2 and local air pollutants such as NOx.

The delivery of boiler scrappage schemes is tried, tested and successful. This new report recognises this and advocates the creation of a robust boiler scrappage scheme. It calls for grants to be offered to homes and business to upgrade their heating systems. I hope this new report will assist in kick starting a proper and full debate on air pollution and its effects."

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