A hydrogen-ready boiler will cost no more than its natural gas equivalent as a result of a new price promise being made by the UK’s major boiler manufacturers.

The boiler industry’s Big Four have come together for the first time in a joint initiative to help consumers reduce carbon emissions from home heating and hot water, and assist delivering the UK’s net zero commitments.

Under the terms of the initiative, which, according to modelling, could save consumers up to £2.3 billion, boilers manufactured in the UK by Worcester Bosch, Vaillant, Baxi and Ideal will cost no more than a natural gas boiler at current volume levels. Any hydrogen-ready boiler initially installed to run off natural gas will also require no more than one hour’s labour to convert it to hydrogen.

Mike Foster, Chief Executive of the boiler industry’s trade association the Energy and Utilities Alliance (EUA), who brokered the deal, thinks the price promise is a major boost to consumers and the fight against climate change. He said: “Our own research tells us that consumers want to do their bit to reduce the impact of their homes and help deliver a greener future, but are concerned about the cost of some low carbon technologies. This price promise from the Big Four ensures that consumers will be able to access an affordable low carbon heat and hot water solution.”

The initiative, which was delivered in a letter to Kwasi Kwarteng, the Secretary of State at the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, will force many industry experts to rethink their models, says Mr Foster: “The Committee on Climate Change, which advises the government, assumed that a hydrogen-ready boiler would cost £100 more than a natural-gas boiler and that the total cost to consumers of decarbonising their homes would be £2.3 billion. The price promise is a great deal for consumers.”

A recent report by the EUA, Too Close to Home, revealed that tackling climate change is regarded as a priority by consumers but the majority are unwilling to pay more for a new boiler.

Foster says that British manufacturing ingenuity lies behind the price promise: “This is another example of British companies leading the way on net zero. The manufacturers have been very clever in using existing components and technologies to keep the price of hydrogen-ready boilers down. What’s more, hydrogen-ready boilers will work in the same way as natural gas boilers with no changes required to pipework, radiators or the installation of a water tank.

“The boiler manufacturers have developed a boiler that works; they support a 2025 mandatory roll-out of the technology and now they’ve found a way to keep costs down. The Big Four boiler companies compete ferociously against each other, but they have come together for the benefit of UK consumers and the good of the planet.”