Paul Clarke is managing director of Rural Energy
Q. What have you got planned for 2014?
2013 has been a busy year for Rural Energy following the expansion of our partner network and the introduction of a number of innovative new products into the marketplace. Looking ahead we will continue to cement our position as a centre of knowledge for biomass, setting and developing industry standards and leading the way in partner training and educating our customers on the benefits of biomass.
We will also shortly be introducing some exciting new IT systems to make life easier for both our customers and staff.
Q. What do you see as growth areas for renewables?
As a result of the non-domestic RHI, we are seeing growth across commercial premises where there is a requirement for continuous heating and the opportunity to move away from oil or LPG. Demand is also increasing for our packaged plant rooms, as these self-contained solutions have opened up the opportunity for biomass on sites where internal space for housing a plant room and fuel store may be limited.
Q. How is your company cutting its carbon footprint?
We are increasing our warehousing capacity and pre-ordering bulk deliveries from our distributor in Austria to hold both boilers and Augers in stock. This reduces our customer lead times and minimises CO2 levels created from regular deliveries. We are also introducing a new operations system that will allow increased efficiency on the scheduling of our engineers across the UK.