Kitchens across Britain could look very different over the next few years after ministers were told that gas cookers should be banned.
A report from the Committee on Climate Change says that developers should be forced to install low-carbon heating systems so that Britain's legally binding emissions targetscan be met.
This would mean that newly-built homes would not be able to have gas boilers or stoves fitted, stopping them being connected to the gas grid.
The committee accepted that low-carbon heating systems and extra insulation would add up to £5,000 to the cost of a new home, which would also take longer to heat up.
But they insist that the gas ban in new homes needs to be enforced 'by 2025 at the latest' to cut 14% of total UK greenhouse emissions caused by household energy use.
The Home Builders Federation condemned the proposal, arguing that it would make houses harder to sell.
A spokesman told The Times: "Builders need to sell homes and so alternative energy sources have to be attractive to consumers and commercially viable.
'Gas boiler systems are currently the most attractive option for consumers and so are what builders tend to install, and limitations remain with the alternatives available.
'It must be ensured that alternatives are suitably attractive, available and efficient before withdrawing existing options.'
A spokesman for the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy said that it would 'carefully consider the Committee on Climate Change's recommendations'.
Impacts of climate change
Impacts of climate change
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Disappearing coast caused by rising sea levels Happisburg Norfolk UK. (Photo by: Avalon/UIG via Getty Images)
CUMBRIA, UNITED KINGDOM - DECEMBER 10: Acres of farmland seen completely submerged in flood waters in the Lyth Valley, near levens on December 10, 2015 in Cumbria, England.
Storm Desmond crashed into the UK, producing the UK's highest ever 24 hour rainfall total at 341.4mm. It flooded the Lyth Valley, drowning many farms and houses. Several periods of subsequent heavy rain have kept the Lyth Valley inundated, with no sign of respite.
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A flooded bank of the Seine in front of the Alexander III bridge on January 26, 2018, as the River Seine, which runs through the French capital Paris, is expected to reach a peak of up to 6.2 metres (20.3 feet) on a scale used to measure its levels by January 27, making it four to five metres above its normal height. The Seine continued its relentless rise flooding quays with muddy water and putting museums on an emergency footing as record rainfall pushed rivers over their banks across northeastern France. (Photo by Michel Stoupak/NurPhoto/Sipa USA)
Locals point to the bridge in Tadcaster, North Yorkshire, which has collapsed following recent flooding, as Storm Frank begins to batter the UK on its way towards flood-hit areas.
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Dead coral reefs in shallow water which were killed during the mass coral bleaching event, which is relating to climate change. Bleaching of coral colonies is caused by warming of sea temperature and most likely combined with other environmental stresses causing coral to expel symbiotic zooxanthellae algae, which could even lead to coral death.
A protest in the Osney area of Oxford claiming climate change is to blame for the floods ravaging the country this summer.
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Britain is committed to cutting its greenhouse gas emissions by 80% on 1990 levels by 2050, as part of the Climate Change Act 2008.