Building Electrification Act 2020

2020 CHAPTER 1

An Act to phase out the use of natural gas for heating and cooking.
Bill ID B023.2
Author(s) Sir Alan Z. H. Chiang OOBC MR MP
(on behalf of HM Government V)
Amended by Sir Alan Z. H. Chiang OOBC MR MP
First reading 2019 November 13
Royal assent 2020 March 19
Commencement 2020 March 19
Affected legislation N/A

Be it enacted by the Queen's most Excellent Majesty, by and with the advice and consent of the Commons in this present Parliament assembled, in accordance with the provisions of the Parliament Acts 1911 and 1949, and by the authority of the same, as follows:—

1 Moratorium on construction of buildings with gas heating or cooking

  1. Any construction project that applies for planning approval following the enactment of this law will be denied approval if it uses natural gas for heating or cooking.
    1. An exception will be granted for commercial kitchens to use gas for cooking.
    2. A "commercial kitchen" is defined as any kitchen which is not located in a residential setting, such as:
      1. Restaurants
      2. School or office cafeterias
      3. Food kitchens

2 Retrofit buildings to phase out gas heating and cooking by 2030

  1. Any private building owner who retrofits their building to replace gas with electric may claim a refundable tax credit of 50% of the cost of the retrofit.
  2. Local governments must retrofit council houses under their management and may claim a grant of 100% of the cost of the retrofit.
  3. All buildings must be retrofitted to replace natural gas heating and cooking appliances (except those used in commercial kitchens) with electrical equivalents by the year 2030.
    1. After January 1st, 2030, private owners of buildings that still use natural gas for heating or cooking (with the exception of commercial kitchens) must pay a fine of £100 per square meter of floor space per year.
    2. This fine shall increase by £20 per square meter of floor space every year until 2050, at which point the fine will stay at £500 per square meter of floor space per year.

3 Short title, commencement and extent

  1. This Act may be cited as the Building Electrification Act 2020
  2. The Act comes into force upon receiving Royal Assent
  3. This Act extends to the entire United Kingdom