Following the result, which came on the day of two other partial election defeats, Sunak came under pressure to reverse policies that impose a direct cost on consumers.
The new approach, following a post-Uxbridge review of net zero policies, could strengthen his position among MPs.
Earlier this week, former prime minister Liz Truss, who still enjoys some support among MPs, called for net zero commitments to be delayed and said Sunak’s policies were not in the Conservative tradition.
Greg Smith, the Conservative MP for Buckingham, welcomed the apparent change of heart, saying: “If the ban on petrol and diesel and gas boilers is actually postponed, it would be great news and a victory for sense.” common.
“We need defossilization to happen in a way that means no one has to change anything in their lives, but technology provides solutions.
“For example, man-made carbon-neutral synthetic fuel needs to be adopted for vehicles, with the crazy mandate of zero tailpipe emissions discarded in favor of a system-wide analysis.”
Brendan Clarke-Smith, Conservative MP for Bassetlaw, tweeted: “I would call it a sensible and pragmatic approach to achieving environmental goals, but without adding unnecessary burden to those in society who can least afford it.”
But some Tory MPs are reportedly considering writing letters of distrust to the Prime Minister if he goes ahead with the changes.
And Chris Skidmore, the Conservative MP who led a review of net zero last year, warned that Sunak would be making “the biggest mistake of his time as prime minister” if he went ahead with the planned changes.
“If this is true, the decision will cost the UK jobs, inward investment and future economic growth that could have been ours if we committed to the industries of the future,” he said.
“It will potentially destabilize thousands of jobs and cause investment to go elsewhere. And ultimately, those who will pay the price for this will be homeowners, whose bills will continue to be higher as a result of the inefficiency of fossil fuels and their dependence on volatile international fossil fuel prices.”
A government spokesperson said: “The government remains fully committed to its net zero commitments, and the UK has reduced emissions faster than any other G7 country.
“Our approach will always be pragmatic and ensure costs are not passed on to working families. “We will not comment on speculation.”
Sunak is facing a backlash from other quarters over the plans, which were first reported by the BBC, with a Conservative MP telling Sky News they were “seriously considering” sending a letter of no confidence.
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