Over half of rural residents believe 2026 fossil fuel ban is unfair 

Over half of rural residents believe 2026 fossil fuel ban is unfair 

New rural polling, on behalf of trade association Liquid Gas UK, shows 58% of homeowners not connected to the mains gas network feel the 2026 fossil fuel ban is unfair compared to the 2035 Government ambition to phase out fossil fuels for those on the gas grid. When asked if the policy should be abandoned, almost 60% said it should. 

Under plans proposed by Government, by 2026 homes currently using oil, LPG or solid-fuel heating systems would be unable to replace their heating system like-for-like should it break down. However, research shows that replacing existing systems with an electric alternative, such as a heat pump, along with necessary energy efficiency retrofitting, might cost between £15,000-£30,000 for rural homeowners.  

The survey showed that 69% of households may be unable to afford a new electric heating system. 

George Webb, Liquid Gas UK CEO, said: “Government’s current strategy risks pushing more rural households into fuel poverty. These survey results clearly indicate that an electrification-first approach to decarbonising rural homes is both unaffordable and unfair. 

“Government urgently needs to re-think its 2026 boiler ban for homes not connected to the gas grid and ensure we’re offering rural communities a choice in how they decarbonise, and ultimately, heat their homes.” 

“As an alternative to electric technologies, Government should consider the benefits of renewable liquid gases, which are a low-carbon and drop-in alternative to LPG, in a mixed energy approach,” he says.  

“The industry is investing £600m into the domestic production of renewable liquid gases through a range of sustainable feedstocks, with a credible pathway in place to achieve net zero by 2040.   

“Renewable liquid gases offer rural homeowners greater choice and reduce the risk of financial burdens in the path to decarbonisation,” he concludes.   

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