Pressure is mounting on the Government to introduce a boiler scrappage scheme to address the problem of carbon emissions.


An independent report commissioned by OFTEC (Oil Firing Technical Association) shows that a replacement boiler scheme would be 5 times more successful at reducing carbon emissions than the current Renewable Heat Incentive. Comparisons were based on either:

  • Renewable heat technology part funded by RHI
  • or a new high efficiency condensing oil boiler


RHI payments to encourage householders to install renewable energy systems are normally around £5,000 and the householder has to find around £7,000 in upfront costs, and can expect their annual heating bill to triple in size from £564 to £1,453 a year.


The same £5,000 could benefit 12 households wanting to upgrade their existing oil fired boilers by introducing a £400 cash back scheme, the upfront costs would be in the region of £1,600 and their annual fuel bill would reduce by about £158 a year (based on the current average annual price of heating oil).


Importantly from an ecological point of view the carbon savings for all 12 homes would be 19.56 tonnes every year, compared to just 3.49 tonnes for the single ASHP home – a 560% improvement in carbon reduction.


Jeremy Hawksley, director general of OFTEC, the oil fired technical association, said: “It’s difficult to ignore the compelling argument for a national boiler replacement scheme that our research provides. By continuing to fund the flagging RHI (and ignoring boiler replacement) the government is forfeiting the chance to save 16.07 tonnes of carbon dioxide per annum for every £5,000 of expenditure. For Boiler replacements in Launceston call Neil Murton Plumbing on 07969 349 882.


“The UK needs carbon reduction and energy efficiency schemes which will make a decisive change. We believe that many homeowners would buy into the concept of bringing forward their boiler replacement because it would reduce their heating bills and is good for the environment.


“Unless you are very wealthy, the domestic RHI is unattractive due to the high installation costs of renewable heating technologies like heat pumps; the disruption installation often means for homes (e.g. new large radiators or underfloor heating, improved insulation) and consumers’ energy bills actually increase.


“A simple boiler replacement scheme would be more affordable and easier to implement for homeowners, so take up would be much higher, resulting in a far higher cumulative reduction in carbon emissions.”