The IEA says fossil fuel boilers must be compatible with hydrogen
There should be no new gas boilers sold from 2025, according to the International Energy Agency (IEA).
The recommendation is one of 400 proposals included in a new report designed to help the world achieve net-zero emissions by the middle of this century.
As well as an end to the use of fossil-fuel heating, the report – designed to help preparations for the COP26 climate conference in Glasgow this November – proposes a ban on sales of new petrol and diesel vehicles by 2035 and an immediate end to new coal, oil and gas exploration. By 2050, the IEA envisions a global economy that is twice as big as today, with two billion extra people but with the demand for energy dropping by 8%.
Its path to net-zero says that in just four years’ time, there should be no new fossil fuel boilers sold, except where they are compatible with hydrogen. It also says that, as well as greening the energy system, it will need to be expanded to provide electricity to the 785 million people in the world who currently have no access. To meet this challenge, the world will need to install four times the amount of wind and solar energy than it did in 2020.
Fatih Birol, the IEA executive director said: ‘Moving the world on to that pathway requires strong and credible policy actions from governments, underpinned by much greater international co-operation.’
Read the report at bit.ly/CJJun21IEA