FETA is the recognised UK body representing the interests of over 400 manufacturers, suppliers, installers and contractors within the heating, ventilating, building controls, refrigeration & air conditioning industry to policy makers and the wider public.

ADCAS The Voice of the Ductwork Industry

FETA is the low cost but high profile UK trade body which represents the diverse interests of manufacturers, suppliers, installers and contractors within the building services sector. It is split into six principle Associations ADCAS, BCIA, BFCMA, BRA, HEVAC and HPA.

Product types covered by FETA include ductwork, ducts, duct insulation,  pre insulated ductwork, dampers, grilles, louvres, building controls, flues, chimneys, refrigerated display cabinets, chilled cabinets, refrigeration contractors, refrigeration equipment, refrigeration components, refrigeration end users, air conditioning, air curtain, air distribution, air handling unit, chilled beam, chilled ceiling, demand controlled ventilation, fan coil unit, fans, ventilation, filter, fire damper, smoke damper, humidity, residential ventilation, smoke control, heat pumps


Working in partnership, the BRA and IOR have revised Part 2 of the Guide to Good Commercial Refrigeration Practice series. This series was produced to ensure good practice guidelines are available to the refrigeration, heat pump and air conditioning professional community and reflect both organisations ongoing commitment to that purpose.

This title is the second part of a nine-title series that covers all the disciplines of commercial refrigeration. Part 2: System Design and Component Selection focuses on the complex area of system design in conjunction with safety and environmental considerations. It comprises chapters on: compressors, chilled and frozen cabinets, condensers, refrigerant pipework, design considerations, plant room design and more. In this edition the chapter on evaporators has been extensively revised and references have been updated throughout. The other eight parts are currently under revision and are expected to be published over the next 12 months, the complete series cover:

Part 1     Introduction

Part 2     System Design and Component Selection

Part 3     Safety and Environmental Considerations

Part 4     System Installation

Part 5     System Commissioning   

Part 6     System Maintenance and Service

Part 7     System Decommissioning and Waste Disposal

Part 8     Refrigerants and Retrofitting

Part 9     Competence, Training and Skills (published in association with ACRIB)



BRA and IOR members: Free

Non-members: £20.00+VAT


This title is available to download for free for BRA/IOR members, or is purchasable for non-members from:

BRA: https://www.feta.co.uk/associations/bra/publications

IOR: https://ior.org.uk/buy-documents


FETA shows support for World Refrigeration Day

The first ever World Refrigeration Day took place on 26th June and FETA demonstrated its full support for the inaugural event by participating in a refrigeration themed seminar at the Temperature Controlled Storage and Distribution show (TCS&D).

Taking place on the same date, the TCS&D show promotes innovation and technology in the perishable product supply chain and this year played host to a series of workshops and live-streamed seminars involving The Institute of Refrigeration (IoR) and the Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Industry Board (ACRIB).

Joining the World Refrigeration Day celebrations, FETA Chief Executive Russell Beattie reminded delegates at the Peterborough based event, as well as those viewing online, of the important role refrigeration plays in all of our lives – from transport and food storage to catering and pharmaceutical applications. Supported by multiple trade associations and professional bodies, the seminar sessions were also used to promote careers in the industry and highlight the online educational tools that can be accessed by youngsters with an interest in cooling.

Russell Beattie commented, “FETA are proud to have contributed to the success of the first ever World Refrigeration Day and look forward to supporting this annual event in the years to come. It is important that we recognise the achievements of those working in the refrigeration, air conditioning and heat pump sectors and promote the industry to the next generation of engineers.”

World Refrigeration Day will take place on 26th June every year.


ADCAS northern meeting hailed as unqualified success

A recent ADCAS meeting held at the offices of Doby Verrolec in Stanley near Durham has been well received by members of the group. Attracting an impressive number of attendees, the meeting was the hosted by ADCAS President Malcolm Moss who also laid on lunch and a tour of the Doby Verrolec factory for everyone.

This was the first ADCAS meeting of its kind to take place outside of London for many years and its success may mean that future meetings are planned for different locations around the country, giving members who struggle to make it down to London a chance to attend.

Following the meeting and factory tour, the majority of those in attendance enjoyed a successful networking evening event in Newcastle.



Hotel360 update

FETA is partnering with the Hotel360 show. Coming to London’s ExCel on the 18th and 19th of September, Hotel360 will be covering he whole breath of the hospitality sector, providing you with key knowledge and solutions from the worlds of marketing, branding, business, operations, technology and beyond, that is set to take your hotel to the next level.


At the show, you’ll find 320 expert seminars from the likes of:


  • Gonzalo Carpintero, Vice President Operations EMEA of Radisson Hotel Group
  • Colin Minto, Senior Director, Talent Acquisition and Employer Brand, Europe at Marriott International
  • Adelle Chilinski, Head of Risk Governance & Compliance at Premier Inn
  • Jon Sharp, Director at Hilton EMEA
  • Alexandra Tollman, Director of Sales of Red Carnation Hotels
  • Raymond Santamaria, Food & Beverage Development Director of Apex Hotels
  • Tiago Venancio, Director of Development at Choice Hotels International
  • Laszlo Posa, Corporate Director of Revenue at Penta Hotels
  • Douglas Waddell, Operations Director at Hand Picked Hotels
  • Binu Varghese, Regional Director of Revenue Management and Strategic Planning of Hyatt Hotels Corporation
  • Magdalena Osmola, Marketing & Communications Director            at Vale do Lobo Resort


What’s more, you’ll also be able to shop from 500 of the industry’s leading suppliers, have your say in panel debates, take advantage of exclusive show offers, witness the innovations at the forefront of the industry courtesy of the innovation awards, and much more! There’s no doubt that Hotel360 is set to provide you with the tools you need to build relationships, increase your profits and elevate your hotel to the next level.


And don’t forget, your ticket is not only free, but also gives you access to the Hospitality Design Show, running directly alongside. So, secure your free ticket today at hotel360expo.co.uk and discover the tools to maximise your margins and stay ahead of the curve!



CIBSE Build2Perform Live 2019

The Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE) is hosting its fifth building performance exhibition Build2Perform Live at Olympia London on 26 & 27 November 2019.

The two day event will feature 80+ hours of approved CPD, 90+ speakers, 2,000 attendees and 70 exhibitors. There are two ways to be involved in the event, either attending as a visitor or by exhibiting. Build2Perform Live 2019 is the meeting place for forward-thinking industry professionals, visionary speakers, leading industry exhibitors and young talent. 

Further details of the event can be found here.



The Federation of Environmental Trade Associations (FETA) has announced two changes in its senior officer roles.

Nick Howlett has stepped down as FETA Chairman, and is replaced by Mark Woods (pictured), currently President of the British Refrigeration Association (BRA).  Nick remains as HEVAC President, and he will be closely involved in the review and update of the Building Regulations which is underway.

Mark is the owner/operator of contractor and industry consultancy RefMech Limited, and was previously MD of Space Engineering for a number of years.  Having started his career in 1986 as an apprentice at Carter Refrigeration, Mark has held several technical and leadership roles in his 33 years in the industry which include being a member of the Euris panel representing industry during the Brexit process, and also being a panel member for the new T Level qualification in Refrigeration which is due for launch in 2021.


The BRA has also elected Mark Hughes as Vice President.  Mark works for Chemours, where his role is Business Development Manager for Opteon Refrigerants and he is a well known figure in the industry.  Mark is also Vice Chairman of the BRA Equipment and Components section, and, like many FETA members, represents the BRA on a BSI standards committee.



Heat Pump Association welcomes 2050 target

The Heat Pump Association (HPA) has welcomed the government’s announcement that the UK will become the first major nation to commit to reaching a net-zero carbon emissions target by 2050. However, the HPA also warns that clear policy and a widespread adoption of ultra low-carbon heating systems are urgently required in order for the target to stand a realistic chance of being met.

The UK already has a 2050 target - to reduce emissions by 80%, which was agreed by MPs under the Climate Change Act in 2008, but it will now be amended to the new, much tougher goal that will demand a big move away from carbon-based heating systems. Despite acknowledging in the past that a major shift to solely heat pumps would be impractical, the HPA is calling on the government to promote wider support for heat pumps, as a technology that is widely understood, and is available now. This means the work towards hitting this new target can begin immediately, without the need to develop new technology.

Graham Wright, Chairman of the HPA, said: “We are extremely encouraged by the government’s decision to cut the UK’s emissions to almost zero by 2050, but to achieve this government and industry, collectively, must not ‘take our foot off the gas’. What industry needs now are clear signals, with explicit policy and well communicated pathways to low-carbon heating such as heat pumps.”

Wright continued: “The industry needs to prepare for increased production and training with a degree of certainty that is only achievable by clear policy and distinct time frames. The technology is widely available, but more structured training is needed to implement it. The HPA is ready to help government raise awareness among installers and customers and is already planning to set up its own training courses in the near future.”



The EURIS Taskforce, a body of trade organisations representing UK manufacturing worth £148 billion in turnover and with 1.1 million employees, has today written to all Conservative leadership candidates to highlight that no-deal should not be an option in the Brexit debate. 

A no-deal Brexit would cause severe damage to UK manufacturing and risks huge job losses as the impact on trade will be too hard to bear for many companies.

In today’s letter, the EURIS Chair, Dr Howard Porter, refers the candidates to the recent EURIS report ‘Securing a competitive UK manufacturing industry post Brexit’, which clearly outlines why it is so important Government avoids a no-deal outcome. EURIS analysis, carried out for the report, shows that a no-deal scenario, placing the UK at the bottom of all global trading leagues under default WTO rules, would be a disaster for the industrial product supply sector. 

Dr Howard Porter, EURIS Chair said: “A no-deal Brexit will result in significant long-term damage to the UK manufacturing sector and will put at risk the industrial product supply sector’s £148 billion contribution to the UK economy.  Of particular concern are the potential costs of regulatory compliance and administration placed on exporters and importers in the UK under a no-deal, which many believe will be too hard to bear for some companies.  EURIS is calling on all Conservative candidates to support UK industry and secure the future of our contribution to the UK economy by avoiding a no-deal Brexit.”


HVACR LIVE 20 - 22 April ExCel London 2020

After much discussion with, and support from, major industry brands, it has been agreed to move the date of this show to 20 – 22 April 2020, ExCel, London

This will align the show closer to Climate action week events  held at ExCel London during 2020.

Climate action week London is a government and partners initiative for London, to make cities cleaner, healthier place to work, live and visit

Some of the core issues being addressed in the London 1.5C compatible action plan are:

  • Building efficiencies
  • Transition to heat pumps, heat networks, cooling and ventilating our buildings
  • Smart systems

ExCel is planning to be one of the major 2020 event hubs.

“The HVACR LIVE”  has been asked to be involved with this huge initiative

Climate is one of the big themes being discussed as part of the Industry insight series hosted in the Conference theatre at the April show, which will link nicely to the  RACHP Industry Conference running alongside other planned major climate events

The organisers will be working  with some of our most influential dynamic industry brands, providing information on innovation, future products and new approaches to evolve in this new era.  High level partnerships, fully backed with extensive media coverage, VIP’s speaker are all set to drive increase visitors engagement and numbers to the show

The 2020 vision will bring together increased attendance, platforms to demonstrate new products, debate and maintenance solutions.

Crucial to focusing on these programs, there will be theatres and interactive work space in the show to achieve greater audience interest and engagement.



  • Meeting place in the heating lounge -  perfect place to network with clients
  • Exhibitor drinks evening, when we close the show on the first night, all the exhibitors meet and network for a couple of hours ( FOC event)
  • Networking lunches, opportunity to have lunch with clients or just network with visitors one lunch time

Live at the show

  • CPD and Workshops theatre – dedicated to keeping contractors and installers up to date with industry best practices and delivery methods
  • Conference Centre Theatre – Hosting industry conferences, “morning briefing” sessions and the  “Industry insight series “ with experts, cover key topics for debate.
  • Beer Bar and great place to relax
  • The Cooling Room –an innovation space to showcase products in  Air Conditioning, Ventilation and Refrigeration sectors  


  • Skills and apprenticeship zones – engagement zone for apprenticeship advice,  skills development opportunities and apprentices demonstration zones


  • Exhibitor spotlight marketing packages – ideal  for product launches and brand awareness


The International IIR  Rankine 2020 Conference is now accepting abstracts.

The Institute of Refrigeration has issued a call for abstracts for the IIR International Rankine 2020 Conference - Advances in Cooling, Heating and Power Generation.  This conference will take place at the University of Glasgow, Scotland on the 26th, 27th 28th and 29th July 2020 and will include a celebration of the life and legacy of William Rankine.

This is the first conference to bring together the disciplines of Organic Rankine Cycle (ORC) and Refrigeration, Air Conditioning and Heat Pumps (RACHP). The event will attract an international audience of researchers and industrialists. It will address critical issues for the future and will encourage the flow of ideas between the two closely related fields. It will provide a forum to discuss the shared environmental challenges being faced, the solutions being proposed and the difficulties in choosing the most efficient working fluids.

The conference programmes will feature three themes:

Cooling and Heating will focus on refrigeration systems with the reverse Rankine cycle. It will explore topics including compressors, heat transfer and exchanger, system/cycle design and optimisation, novel applications and system simulation.

Power generation will explore systems using organic fluids. The conference would especially welcome papers that compare organic Rankine cycle against other power generation applications. Themes will include expanders, heat transfer and exchangers, system/ cycle design and optimisation, novel applications and system simulation. Steam power generation will not be suitable for the programme unless in the context of organic Rankine cycle.

Working Fluids will explore new fluids, fluid blend, environmental impact, performance analysis and comparison. The conference will accept abstracts dealing both natural working fluids and fluorine based refrigerants. 

The event is expected to attract 300 delegates and 120 technical papers. Discounted registration for authors and students for this four day conference is available.

Full details of how to submit abstracts and sponsorship opportunities can be found at www.rankine2020.com. The deadline for abstract submission is 13th September 2019.



How will you celebrate World Refrigeration Day

The industry will be celebrating the first World Refrigeration Day on 26 June 2019. Aiming to raise the profile of the important contribution that our sector makes globally to modern living, the day will be packed with happenings ranging from an icy challenge competition for schools to a dedicated World Refrigeration Day Pavillion at the TCS&D Show. The IOR will mark the day with a relaunch of "Fantastic Fridges", an educational web site on refrigeration science aimed at school children and linked to the curriculum. We will also be hosting a Facebook Live event.  Further details on World Refrigeration Day's events are available here. Let us know what you will be planning - open days, visits to schools etc - or just take part by putting out some social media tweets using #WREFD19 or tag @WorldRefDay so that we can get refrigeration trending! 


European Heat Pump Markets show double-digit growth for the 4th year in a row

One week ahead of the European elections, the European Heat Pump Association (EHPA) gathered more than 200 industry experts to discuss latest developments in the market and to assess how heat pumps could pursue their contribution to a future and brighter Europe. With 11.8 million units installed across Europe, heat pump technology has quickly developed into a corner stone of the European heating mix. Slightly below 10% of all buildings are today heated by a heat pump.
 With their demand-side flexibility potential, heat pumps will be required in the new energy system to achieve climate neutrality by 2050 and offer an enthusiastic reindustrialisation project for the EU. But this means that “heating and cooling” must first become the top priority of next European Parliament and Commission.
 “Heat pumps provide many benefits in line with the energy and climate targets of the EU”, said Thomas Nowak, Secretary General of EHPA. “Maybe the biggest advantage is their availability. Available heat pump technology can be deployed in residential, commercial buildings as well as in industrial processes. Recent technological developments allow their deployment in the renovation of residential buildings and in industrial processes. The latter units can efficiently provide up to 160 °C ”.
Indeed, EHPA has always strongly advocated for ambitious and effective measures aiming at the full decarbonization of our economies by 2050 and the promotion of a renewable, efficient and smart European energy system. The heat pump industry has also made continuous efforts to improve the quality and sustainability of their products.
 This year’s #HPForum2019 reflected the heat pump industry’s pioneering role by giving space to “unconventional” aspects of the energy debate, such as the collaboration with youth and students and the right interplay between further “electrification” vs “gasification”. The event also presented innovative experiences involving heat pumps at national, regional and local level, or with added value for other parts of the European industry and the digital economy.
Thomas Nowak, Secretary General of EHPA, added “We are cooperating with many industries and sectors to co-create a better future for Europe. We are also ready to support the work of the new political leaders arising from this month’s European elections. Our main political wish is to see “heating and cooling” (representing 50% of total EU energy consumption) finally recognised as a top priority of the EU, not only to reach carbon neutrality by 2050 but also to help re-industrialise Europe in the most sustainable way.”


Leading younger people from across the engineering services sector now have a new opportunity to be recognised and rewarded for their achievements, following the launch of ECA’s Power Players initiative.

Power Players opens today (15 May) to entries from anyone aged 39 or below who has achieved innovative or impactful activity in their careers so far. The initiative is open until Tuesday 17 September 2019. To enter, individuals simply need to submit a short video at www.powerplayers.uk.com.

The industry-wide initiative is being supported by headline sponsor Schneider Electric. In addition, Power Players is being backed by numerous organisations within the industry, including the Electrical Industries Charity, FETA, SELECT, BEAMA, EDA, and others.

Power Players is a completely digital initiative aimed at those in the younger generation who have already made a strong start to their careers. Those entering are required to send in a short entry video, which can be made on a smartphone, about their innovative or inspirational work.

ECA CEO Steve Bratt commented:

“I am delighted to announce that the second iteration of our popular Power Players initiative has formally opened to entries from across the industry. We look forward to receiving the entry videos from high performing young people who are seeking recognition for their achievements.”

There are a range of top-quality prizes for the two most impressive entrants, including the opportunity of a lifetime of a business and networking trip abroad, to be announced in due course. Other prizes include a mentoring lunch with business guru Sir John Parker, former chair of global mining firm Anglo American.

To watch an introductory video to Power Players, please click here.

For more information on how to enter and the prizes on offer, please visit www.powerplayers.uk.com



Hotel360, 18th/19th of September 2019, Excel, London

FETA is partnering with Hotel360, UK’s leading hospitality event dedicated to increasing hotel profitability! Taking place on the 18th & 19th of September, the event is set to transform London’s ExCeL into the ULTIMATE hub for hospitality innovation, over two unforgettable days!

All under one roof, industry experts will provide over 5,000 ambitious visitors with their secrets to success; whilst an array of some of the most innovative suppliers in the hotel sector will showcase the solutions that are forming the future of the ever-evolving industry, all for FREE!

Uniting the leading innovators from the worlds of marketing, branding, facilities management, operations, technology and beyond, the event is the hub of the solutions and systems that are providing hospitality professionals with the tools they need to not only grow their business, but also increase their profits.

The unparalleled line-up of Hotel360 will boast over 500 cutting-edge suppliers, 320 inspirational seminars, expert-led panel debates, unlimited networking opportunities, unmissable innovation awards, and much more!

Running directly alongside Hotel360, for the first time ever, is the Hospitality Design Show! Not only will the show reveal the designs behind business growth, it also grants you with a unique opportunity to let the leading creatives guide you to success!

So what are you waiting for? Visit hotel360expo.co.uk to secure your free ticket or to get involved with the show!



2019 BCIA Awards winners revealed

The winners of the 2019 Building Controls Industry Association (BCIA) Awards were announced at an exclusive ceremony and gala dinner on 09 May at the swanky Hilton Birmingham Metropole Birmingham.

Multi-award winning comedian and writer Holly Walsh hosted this year’s distinguished awards which saw not only a record number of entries but also a record number of guests. Anyone who is anyone was in attendance to see the industry’s finest enjoy their well-earned moment in the spotlight.

The first accolade of the night went to Eton Associates for Independent Building Controls & BEMS Installer of the Year as a result of their lasting customer relationships, professionalism and understanding of clients’ needs.

Next up was the Engineer of the Year Award, which was presented to Ian Dalby, a Senior Systems Engineer for System Five. Along with his enthusiasm, Ian has demonstrated exceptional attention to detail, outstanding customer service skills and a willingness to help others.

The Young Engineer of the Year Award saw a record 12 finalists and it was Luke Williamson of Eton Associates were triumphant amongst fierce competition. Luke has been a key player in high-profile projects and has thrived under such demands using both his technical abilities and resilience. Furthermore, he has successfully completed all of the BCIA courses as well as additional qualifications.

Optimised Buildings clinched the Energy Management Award for their energy saving projects in Superdry Stores throughout the UK. Following new strategies implemented by Optimised Buildings, Superdry Stores saw a 14% reduction in electricity consumption and a Return on Investment (ROI) in just four months.

Following this, Demand Logic scooped the Best Service and Maintenance Provider Award which best demonstrates outstanding levels of customer care in the provision of long-term service and maintenance contracts for Building Energy Management Systems (BEMS) and building controls.

Innovation is at the forefront of the building services industry and IAconnects emerged victorious in the coveted Technical Innovation of the Year – Products Award with their forward-thinking MobiusFlow Edge Gateway, an IoT solution that enables actuators, sensors and controllers to connect, control and communicate with each other and the Cloud.

Equally impressive were the winners of the Technical Innovation of the Year – Projects Award: Econowise Drives & Controls, for their 99 Gresham Street Bubll Installation. Bubll has provided a very cost effective, fully featured wireless connected environment to allow full user interactivity and data harvesting.

One Sightsolutions claimed the honour of the Contribution to Training Award with their newly available and free online training videos, demonstrating their ongoing commitment to further the knowledge of those within the industry.

The final award on the night was for Outstanding Contribution of the Year and was presented to Wendy Belfield of InTandem Systems. Wendy has demonstrated her ongoing commitment and dedication in making the BEMS Controls Engineer Trailblazer Apprenticeship Standard come to fruition, which will play a pivotal role in tackling the skills gap. This will significantly impact the future careers of many people who have yet to enter our industry. Without Wendy’s efforts we would not be in this position today.

Jon Belfield, President of the BCIA, said: “The BCIA Awards were once again a wonderful occasion and it was a joy to celebrate the crème de la crème of the building controls industry. I would like to offer my congratulations to all of the winners and thank all of the sponsors and media partners for their continued support.”



HPA responds to Committee on Climate Change Net Zero report

The Heat Pump Association (HPA), as the UK’s leading authority on the use and benefits of heat pump technology, welcomes the publication today of the Committee on Climate Change’s Net Zero report, which highlights that a net-zero target for UK greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 is both achievable and will deliver on the UK’s Paris Agreement commitments. The HPA agrees with the Committee that reaching this target is feasible with already available technologies, such as heat pumps, which are vital in the decarbonisation of UK heating systems.

Crucially, the report highlights the need for the Government to act immediately to implement a clear regulatory framework to achieve the decarbonisation of heat and recommends a range of policies to do so. The policy recommendations of the report include support for low carbon heating, a review of the balance of tax and regulatory costs across fuels, and a nationwide training programme to upskill the existing workforce. The HPA is pleased to see these recommendations as a means of reflecting the benefits of low carbon technologies and aims to work with all stakeholders to develop effective policy starting with the upcoming Part L Review and consultation on the regulatory framework for the future of heat to phase out high carbon fossil fuels.

Graham Wright, HPA Chairman, commented: “The HPA wholeheartedly supports the report’s recognition that urgent action is required to meet a net-zero target and welcomes the specific recommendations for decarbonising heat within the publication.

“Momentum is now gathering among the public acknowledging the need to change the way we heat our buildings and, as highlighted in the report, known technologies, such as heat pumps, offer a clear solution for this.

“Heat pumps offer an extensive opportunity to reduce the UK’s emissions, as well as helping to address other policy issues such as fuel poverty and air quality. The Future Homes standard set to be introduced in 2025, and supported within this report, represents the ‘low-hanging fruit’ of heating in new builds, which, in addition to those properties off the gas grid, should be the immediate focus for the Government.”

The Committee on Climate Change Report ‘Net Zero: the UK’s contribution to stopping global warming’ is available here.



ADCAS has announced its full support for a newly introduced pre-qualification (PQ) system – a joint venture by Build UK and the Civil Engineering Contractors Association (CECA) designed to tackle the current pre-qualification inefficiencies costing the construction industry millions every year.

The first phase of the much-needed scheme sees the publication of a Common Assessment Standard (CAS) which will be used to pre-qualify companies. The CAS will feature key questions based around existing PQQs, including BSI’s PAS91, and will cover topics relating to finance, health and safety, the environment, quality and more.

ADCAS has long argued that the existing pre-qualification system is too fragmented and needlessly complex and the association is hopeful that this new system will go a long way in reducing wasted man-hours and costs.

Malcolm Moss, President of ADCAS, commented: “The ADCAS membership welcomes this timely reform of the pre-qualification system and is optimistic that it will make a real difference in reducing unnecessary and time-consuming administration work, allowing companies to channel valuable resources into delivering first-class infrastructure projects.

“As this new approach is based on ideals that the industry agrees on, this system looks to be in line for widespread adoption and, with the introduction of CAS, companies will undoubtedly benefit from no longer needing to be certified by multiple assessment bodies.”

Achilles, CHAS and Constructionline have been appointed as the first recognised assessment bodies.




The latest on SkillFRIDGE 2019

It’s a busy time for some of the brightest young engineers from the RACHP industry. This year’s SkillFRIDGE cycle is well underway as qualifying apprentices get set to face the regional heats across the UK – while 2017 competitor Orlando Rawlings has his sights set further afield as he prepares to represent his country in Russia at WorldSkills Kazan 2019.

Flying the flag: an interview with Orlando Rawlings

This August, SkillFRIDGE 2017 Bronze medallist and service engineer at Daikin UK, Orlando Rawlings, will fly the flag for the UK RACHP industry when he travels to Russia to compete at WorldSkills Kazan 2019. ACR News spoke with him to find out more.

Orlando, congratulations! How does it feel to be selected for WorldSkills Kazan 2019?

I was in total shock when WorldSkills UK told me I was joining Team UK. Not many people can say they have represented their country, and I am determined to do everyone proud in Russia – my family, my friends and Daikin UK.  

How do you prepare to take part in the ‘Skills Olympics’?

It really is quite similar to how our athletes prepare for the Olympic Games. I have been training with WorldSkills UK since 2017 and I’ve spent lots of time working with Mark Forsyth – my training manager and the head SkillFRIDGE judge – focusing on my skills development. However, what did surprise me was that the training we are put through teaches us how we must be ‘competition fit’. This includes what we should be eating, how we should be sleeping and techniques to help us cope with competing in front of the 100,000 visitors who will be in Kazan watching us. It’s the same training that Team GB goes through to prepare for the Olympics.

That sounds full on. Can you give us more details?

Working with Mark, I complete blocks of training – usually for a week at a time. This all needs to be fitted around my job at Daikin UK. They have been really supportive, especially my manager Dan Blanchard. Although the training is designed to help me perform well in Russia, it has also helped me become a better engineer at Daikin UK and I hope more apprentices in the company can get involved in skills competitions. 

As part of my training I recently worked an ice rink project, designing and building a refrigeration system with a flooded evaporator and using a secondary refrigerant to chill the ice down to -10°C. I also had to install the electrical circuit for each component and commission it. My training will continue right up until I board the plane to Russia in August.

What can you expect from the competition in Russia?

I won’t know the exact details until I arrive at the competition site in Kazan. I know I have a sound understanding of the technical skills required, but the difficulty will be completing the test project to exact requirements under the strict, timed conditions. There’s no room for a mistake.

How did you get involved in SkillFRIDGE?

My lecturer at Grimsby Institute told us about SkillFRIDGE. I thought, “What I have got to lose?” I reached the finals, which are held at WorldSkills UK LIVE, and won Bronze in 2017. Following that I was invited to join the WorldSkills UK Training and Development programme for WorldSkills Kazan 2019. I have to pinch myself to realise how far I have come!

What attracted you to a career in RACHP?

When I was younger I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do. My uncle arranged for me to have some work experience at Rolls-Royce, where he worked, and from that day I knew I wanted to be an engineer.   

I was lucky that my school, Patchway Community School in Bristol, had a proactive approach to careers advice. We had talks from the National Apprenticeship Service and being able to earn while you learn seemed like a great opportunity; I started looking for an engineering apprenticeship and secured one with Daikin UK.  I love being able to fix things and want to progress as far as I can in the engineering industry.


FETA announces its latest recipient of Arkwright Scholarship Award

The Federation of Environmental Trade Associations (FETA) is delighted to announce Joe Cairns as its second recipient of an Arkwright Scholarship Award. Joe was unable to make it to the official award ceremony so a special presentation was made at his school by Arkwright Liaison Officer John Thompson.

The Arkwright Scholarships Trust is an independent charity that identifies, inspires and nurtures future leaders in engineering and technical design, acting as a beacon to the most talented STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) students in UK schools.

Joe applied through his affiliated school, Droitwich Spa High School, following a recommendation from his teacher. He completed his application form and sat a two-hour design/technology aptitude exam along with 1,377 other candidates. He scored highly and was one of 651 candidates who were invited to attend an interview as the final stage of the selection process. Joe’s interview was held at Loughborough University where he presented to the interview panel his design/technology project and impressed them with his knowledge of practical and potential leadership skills. He was one of 393 candidates recommended for a scholarship by his interviewers and using his engineering interests he was matched to the FETA criteria as a potential sponsorship opportunity. FETA was given a choice of three potential scholars and Joe was chosen as its next Arkwright scholar. FETA has been a sponsor of Arkwright Engineering Scholarships since 2016 and recognises the key role they play in encouraging students to pursue a STEM-related career.

Russell Beattie, Chief Executive of FETA, commented: “Joe has shown outstanding dedication and flair in what was a hugely talented and competitive pool of talent. We at FETA are very proud to sponsor Joe and I believe a very promising and rewarding career awaits him.”

Joe said: “I am very happy to receive this award and I am also extremely grateful that an organisation like FETA has shown this belief in me. It really makes all the hard work worthwhile and has given me a massive confidence boost for the next stage in my career.”


Photo: Joe Cairns is presented with his Arkwright Scholarship Award by John Thompson.



EFCTC launches illegal refrigerant reporting hotline

A new website, established by the refrigerant producers group EFCTC, will allow easy and confidential reporting of illegal refrigerant imports and sales activity in Europe. 

The HFC phase down, which led to price increases and availability issues last year, has encouraged a considerable black market in refrigerants. Much of this product is being imported outside of the quota system, with a large proportion of it in illegal disposable cylinders. Current estimates are that around 20% of sales in the EU are suspected of being outside the phase down quota mechanism.

These illegal sales are having a disruptive effect on the market, not to mention a serious environmental impact, but many concerned individuals are unclear who to report such activity to.

The new Integrity Line, operated on EFCTC’s behalf by the EQS Group, promises that anyone will now be able to report suspicious activities easily, in confidence, and anonymously, if desired.

Through the EQS Integrity Line, the EFCTC intends to provide the authorities in the particular member state with the evidence they need.

The Integrity Line is seeking information regarding incidents relating to smuggling, mislabelling, counterfeiting of F-gas products, and the use of illegal disposable cylinders or other breaches of the F-gas quota system.  To guarantee a whistleblower’s anonymity, the encrypted data is transmitted via a secure and independent EQS server. All reports via the Integrity Line website will remain anonymous unless the whistleblower wishes to disclose their identity.

Those reporting illegal activity will be contacted if additional information is needed. If it is eventually found that no violation has occurred there will be no consequences for the whistleblower.

The Integrity Line can be accessed here.