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Decarbonising heat: some positive steps but a long way to go

Dave Sowden, chairman of Ecuity Consulting and strategic advisor to Sustainable Energy Association discusses the UK’s progress in decarbonising heat. The legislation of the UK’s net zero target last year positioned us as leaders in the climate debate, but how do we go about decarbonising Britain in just thirty years? With the built environment answerable […]

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Opinion: What the CHG means for biomass

In light of the Clean Heat Grant (CHG) proposal, Bruce Allen, HETAS CEO shares his thoughts on what this means for biomass. What biomass installations are covered by the grant, and what isn’t? It is proposed that the Clean Heat Grant will cover biomass installations to provide space and water heating in certain circumstances where a […]

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MCS highlights essential Covid-19 guidance for installers

Since the pandemic hit the UK, MCS has been working hard to support its certified Installer base – regularly sharing updates and guidance as well as continually surveying Installers to help provide feedback direct to the government. Following the latest government briefings, MCS has alerted installers to the latest guidance document that has been produced […]

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An installer’s guide to the Clean Heat Grant

On April 28 the Government unveiled a package of proposals aimed at decarbonising the UK’s heating systems. Here REI takes you through those proposals step by step. What is being proposed? The Government is proposing a Clean Heat Grant Scheme (CHGS) that would commence from 2022, offering upfront funding of up to £4000 for each […]

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Opinion: Why the CHGS is ‘a step in the right direction’

Rory Mathews, economic analyst at Ecuity Consulting LLP discusses why the CHGS is ‘a step in the right direction’. The language used in the Government’s recently released ‘Future Support for Low Carbon Heat’ consultation might be considered as ‘music to the ears’ of long-time advocates for heat decarbonisation. There was a clear recognition of a central […]

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HHIC confirms that heating engineers are eligible for COVID-19 testing

The Heating and Hotwater Industry Council (HHIC) has confirmed that heating engineers working in the domestic and commercial sectors are eligible for COVID-19 testing. The need for clarity follows regular questioning from installers, after the government recently extended testing to: “workers delivering essential services in the utilities sector”. Stewart Clements, director at the HHIC said: […]

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Checkatrade offers free affiliate membership for the rest of 2020

Checkatrade has announced that it will offer free affiliate membership until the end of 2020, in order to support installers and other businesses though the current difficult trading conditions. The benefits of affiliate membership include help to build a webpage on checkatrade.com, free marketing materials and van vinyl, and access to the Checkatrade Members Club […]

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Grant UK unveils new website features

Grant UK has incorporated a number of new features into its website to enhance user experience and increase the range of resources available to visitors. The new features include a more sophisticated ‘Find an Engineer’ search function and the launch of a new blog, which will feature a range of technically led content including ‘how […]

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NIBE launches new S Series of heat pumps

NIBE Energy Systems has launched its new S Series of heat pumps which it says improves thermal comfort and saves energy, giving homeowners the opportunity to reduce costs and carbon emissions. Featuring a new look including a push-to-open aluminium door, new software and an updated touchscreen control, the S Series can be updated quickly and […]

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Industry welcomes Clean Heat Grant proposals

Industry bodies and renewable heating suppliers have cautiously welcomed the Government’s publication of its consultation on future support for low carbon heat. Its proposal to make grants of £4,000 available for consumers wishing to replace fossil fuel boilers has drawn particular attention, with its potential to help tackle upfront costs. The grant would provide support […]

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