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


A major new payment and mental health survey has been launched by 27 bodies in the UK construction industry, to understand how poor payment practices are impacting mental health and business wellbeing.

The survey is being run by leading engineering services trade bodies ECA and BESA, in association with the Prompt Payment Directory.

The survey can be completed here - www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/PLV22QP


ECA Director of Legal and Business Rob Driscoll commented:

“Mental health is an increasingly important - and costly - issue in both construction and wider society.

“This major initiative from ECA and BESA aims to connect the dots between poor payment practices and the impact on the mental health of business owners and senior managers, along with the wider impacts on other employees and their families. 


BESA Head of Legal and Commercial Debbie Petford commented:


“Poor mental health is bad for wellbeing and bad for business. The survey is an important next step in the campaign to reform retentions and the late payment culture in the industry. It will help us gain an understanding of the human costs of these practices, that are often overlooked.”


The survey, which is aimed mainly at business owners, CEOs and managers, contains just 12 questions and should take just minutes to complete. It runs from Thursday 12 September – Thursday 10 October, and answers are completely confidential.

Survey supporters cover a range of construction activity, including electrical, plumbing, building, scaffolding, roofing, civil engineering, fire safety, painting and decorating, and interiors. They include the National Federation of Builders, SEC Group and FETA (see Notes to Editors for full list).

The survey supporters are all part of a wider industry coalition pressing Government to reform the practice of cash retentions in in construction. Cash retentions is widely considered to be one of the most unfair and abused payment practices in the industry.



Cool topics at BESA Conference

The BESA National Conference will feature two ‘must attend’ sessions for building engineering contractors linked to the future of cooling.

The one-day conference held at the Millennium Gloucester Hotel, London on November 21st has an overall theme of: ‘Competence, compliance and climate change – turning theory into practice’. It will consider how the building engineering industry can meet many of the technical challenges it now faces.

The Refrigeration and Air Conditioning industry is confronted by a raft of extraordinary challenges and speakers from the Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Industry Board (ACRIB), the Heat Pump Association (HPA) and BESA’s Refrigeration, Air Conditioning and Heat Pump group will take part in a hotly anticipated session hosted by the UK’s primary F Gas register REFCOM.

These experts will outline how the sector must respond to the current upheaval driven by legislation and concerns about global warming that has led to supply problems, safety concerns and significant price rises in the refrigerant gas market.

Chaired by Head of REFCOM Graeme Fox, the seminar will consider the implications for system design, installation and maintenance – and look ahead at the profound impact of the F Gas phase down on future product selection.

This will be followed by a vital health and safety seminar focussed on the Dangerous Substances and Explosive Atmospheres Regulations (DSEAR). Changes to the Classification and Labelling of Products regulations means that all compressed gases and, therefore all refrigerants, are now classified as ‘hazardous products’. In the past, only flammable refrigerants were subject to the regulations.

As a result, many more contractors must now carry out DSEAR risk assessments to help reduce the risk of fatality or serious injury in the workplace. This is strictly enforced by local authorities and the Health & Safety Executive (HSE).

David Paget of Lloyds Insurance, who is also chair of the IOR technical committee, will present new guidance and explain Point of Use Risk Assessments (POWRA), which are designed to help contractors comply and meet their legal obligations.

For more information about the BESA Conference and to take advantage of Early Bird delegate click here.


SKILLcard renewals now available online

Holders of Engineering Services SKILLcards are now able to renew their cards online following another upgrade of the online SKILLcard application system operated by the Building Engineering Services Association (BESA).

The application process for new SKILLcards moved online earlier this year and the website (www.skillcard.org.uk) has now been further enhanced to accommodate renewals.

More than 60,000 people working in the heating, ventilating, air conditioning and refrigeration sectors hold the Engineering Services SKILLcard. It provides evidence that they have the required training and qualifications for the type of work they carry out on construction sites.

BESA took the SKILLcard process online following a survey of the sector, which showed that more than 75% of card holders would prefer to apply and renew online.

Engineering Services SKILLcard was the first of the Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) Partner card schemes to go ‘smart’ easing the process of updating the holder’s qualifications and making it simpler and quicker for site managers to check skills and prevent potential fraud.

“The response to our online application service has been really encouraging with users describing it as fast, easy to use and convenient,” said Rachel Davidson, Director of Certification at BESA. “After a rigorous testing process, we are now able to offer renewals online as well, which I hope our users will find equally helpful.”

The CSCS Partner schemes, such as SKILLcard, are playing a crucial role in the government’s 2025 Construction Industry Strategy by helping clients check whether workers have the right qualifications for the job in hand and have suitable health & safety training.

Speeding up and streamlining the application process to keep up with the pace of change across the industry was, therefore, regarded as a priority by BESA.

To access the SKILLcard online application service go to: www.skillcard.org.uk


Women in RACHP Network launches survey

The Women in RACHP Network is encouraging everyone in the refrigeration, air conditioning and heat pump sector to take a survey to be in with a chance of winning a Latitude travel charger set.

As the RACHP sector continues to struggle to bring more women into the industry and utilise female talent to its full potential, the Women in RACHP Network is undertaking research in this area in an aim to drive change. The network is requesting 5 minutes from all industry peers, in order to collect data to benchmark the industry’s benefits and attitudes towards women and explore what should be done to close the gender gap. 

The research by the Women in RACHP Network focuses on cultural change, in order to re-brand the industry to be more female-friendly. By focusing on equal pay, a clear path of progression and a healthy work-life balance, it is expected that the survey results will play an important part in the wider goal of promoting the role of women in a male-oriented industry as well as showcasing the amazing opportunities RACHP has to offer to the next generation of female leaders.

Everybody working in the RACHP sector can take part in the short survey, and all entrants completing the questions before December 1st will be added to a prize draw to win a Latitude travel charger set.

Astrid Prado, Member of the Steering Committee at the IOR’s Women in RACHP Network, said, “Women make up 25% of all people employed in the manufacturing industry and 12% of those employed in the construction industry in the UK. Although there are no official figures in the UK the reality of the RACHP sector is comparable to that of the US where women represent only 1.2% of the HVACR workforce.

A reputation for being ‘man’s work’ is failing to attract talented women at all levels in the industry. Benefits are also failing to keep pace with the configuration and expectations of a diverse and modern workforce as we are living with the residual legacy of work packages developed decades ago for a largely male, full-time workforce. In order to drive change, we must redesign current workplace practices to accommodate the diversity of today’s workforce who want flexibility, equal opportunities, and better access to training and development”

Let’s change this today by collecting extensive data on the gender-parity gap in the RACHP industry, establishing what are the most female friendly practices that promote diversity and inclusion, and pushing improvements forward, to help encourage more women into the RACHP industry.”

Through this research led by the Women in RACHP network, feedback from industry professionals will be used to evaluate progress over time. Questions are based on the industry’s current business practices and will highlight what the most female friendly practices that promote diversity and inclusion are. 

Astrid added, “Although this is only a starting point, the outcome of the research will serve not only as a point of reference but as industry guidance for the future, to help us improve and ensure we offer an attractive package to women so that they are inspired to join and stay in the industry.”

The survey is open to both men and women working in all roles and from all pay grades and structures.

Anyone taking part in the survey can request a complimentary copy of the report for reference, which is a great opportunity for businesses to compare against and ensure they are able to attract and retain top talent.

The Women in RACHP Network was set up by the Institute of Refrigeration as an educational and networking group to encourage diversity in the workforce and promote the role of women in refrigeration. To take the survey go to  www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/wrachp19 


The Science and Technology Committee has highlighted the lack of Government policies in place to deliver the net zero target by 2050 and recommends 10 steps the Government should take to meet this legally binding target.

The Committee welcomes the Government’s decision to strengthen its long-term emissions reduction target, to effectively eliminate all emissions by 2050. However, the Committee on Climate Change has warned that the UK is not even on course to meet its existing legally binding targets for 2023 to 2032. The Committee’s Report on clean growth highlights that urgent Government action is needed to reverse the current policy trend of cut backs and slow progress.

The Committee identifies ten key areas in which Government policy to support the implementation of low-carbon technology has been delayed, cut back or undermined carbon reductions:
1. the 'plug-in grant' for low-emissions cars was reduced for the lowest-emissions cars in October 2018, and cut completely for other low-emissions cars;
2. fuel duty has been frozen for nine years in a row, while bus and train fares have been allowed to increase every year over the same period;
3. the 'feed-in tariff' for low-carbon power generation was closed;
4. the Energy Companies Obligation scheme was restricted to vulnerable households in November 2018, despite the Government conceding that this would result in lower carbon emissions reductions being achieved;
5. the Government launched a consultation on how to build a market for those able to pay for their own domestic energy efficiency improvements in 2017, but has still not announced what new policy framework will emerge from the consultation responses;
6. following the cancellation of the 'zero-carbon homes' policy in 2015, the Government said that it would consult on changes to building regulations in 2019 to improve energy efficiency—but no consultation has been launched;
7. changes to business rates in 2017 have seen business rates on solar panels increase between three- and eight-fold, equating to thousands of pounds in additional costs each year for schools, SMEs and hospitals;
8. onshore wind and large-scale solar power have been excluded from the financial support mechanism available to other renewable power technologies since 2017, and planning permission for onshore wind farms has also been made more difficult to obtain since 2015;
9. the ‘Renewable Heat Incentive’ scheme is due to close in 2021 but no replacement scheme has yet been announced; and
10. the Government’s new White Paper on ‘The future of the energy market’ was due to be published in “early” 2019, but has not yet been published.


Recommendations for change
Against this backdrop of policy delays and reversals, the Committee makes a series of recommendations across different sectors, including transport, heating, energy efficiency and greenhouse gas removal to get the UK ready for net-zero by 2050. Ten priorities include:
1. Strategy for decarbonising heat: The Government must urgently develop a clearer strategy for decarbonising heat. This will require large-scale trials of different heating technologies, such as heat pumps and hydrogen gas heating, operating in homes and cities to build the evidence base required for long-term decisions.
2. Incentive scheme for energy efficiency home improvements: Previous initiatives to encourage the installation of energy efficiency improvements in the ‘able-to-pay’ market have failed because they have focused too narrowly on providing financial support for specific interventions. In order to incentivise homeowners to install energy efficiency improvements, the Government should consider adjusting Stamp Duty so that it varies according to the energy performance of the home as well as the price paid for it. Homebuyers should then be able to make energy efficiency improvements within a defined time after purchasing the property, and claim back corresponding reductions in the Stamp Duty paid retrospectively. The Government should additionally establish a ‘Help to Improve’ scheme by July 2020 that offers matched funding and interest-free loans to homeowners, to cover the costs of making energy efficiency improvements.
3. Plan for reducing vehicle emissions: The Government must bring forward the date of its proposed ban on the sales of new ‘conventional’ cars and vans to 2035 at the latest, and ensure that it covers hybrids too. In the near-term, the Government must reconsider the fiscal incentives for consumers to purchase both new and used vehicle models with lower emissions. The Government should also work with public services and owners of public land, such as schools and hospitals, to accelerate the deployment of electric vehicle chargepoints, and introduce measures to ensure that chargepoints are interoperable, compatible with a smart energy system, reliable, and provide real-time information on their current functionality. Although ultra-low emissions vehicles generate very little emissions during use, their manufacture generates substantial emissions. In the long-term, widespread personal vehicle ownership therefore does not appear to be compatible with significant decarbonisation. The Government should not aim
to achieve emissions reductions simply by replacing existing vehicles with lower-emissions versions.
4. Support for onshore wind and solar power: The Government must ensure that there is strong policy support for new onshore wind power and large-scale solar power projects, where there is local support and projected cost-savings for consumers over the long-term. Planning consent and technological lifetimes mean that most existing onshore wind farms were expected to last 25 years before needing to be decommissioned or ‘re-powered’ with upgraded equipment. The Government should ensure that national planning policy facilitates the re-powering of existing sites, with a clear planning permission framework for re-powering existing onshore wind farms in place by the end of 2020.
5. Review of the Smart Export Guarantee: The Government must review the functioning of the Smart Export Guarantee―the planned successor to the feed-in tariff scheme―by the end of 2020, and should be ready to include a minimum price floor if there is evidence of a lack of market competitivity—for example, if uptake of tariffs is not significantly greater than the current number of tariffs or if the tariffs offered are significantly lower than wholesale electricity prices.
6. Sustain nuclear power without growing the industry: The Government must make a decision on the future finance framework for new nuclear power by the end of 2019. Subject to value for money, the Government should seek to support new nuclear power generation so as to sustain, but not grow, the UK’s nuclear power industry. It must anticipate any gap in future generation capacity such a policy would cause, and support sufficient renewable power alternatives to fill the gap.
7. Removal of greenhouse gases: The Government should launch a consultation to inform the development of a future framework for managing and incentivising greenhouse gas removal on the scale required for net-zero emissions, and to provide greater certainty to encourage private investment in the development of these technologies. In line with this strategy, the Government should be ready to increase funding for research, development and demonstration of greenhouse gas removal technologies.
8. Clear action on carbon capture, usage and storage: The Government must provide greater clarity on the details of its carbon capture, usage and storage action plan, setting out:
a. what it considers to be deployment at scale;
b. what constitutes cost-effectiveness or sufficient cost-reduction;
c. how it expects to share costs with industry; and
d. what the major milestones for the plan are, as well as when they are expected to be achieved.
The Government should learn from previous carbon capture and storage projects and ensure that a sufficient number of projects, of sufficient scale, are undertaken to optimise the chance of successful deployment, and that the knowledge gained from publicly-funded work is publicly accessible.
9. Clean growth regulation of the energy market: The Government should consider the case for amending Ofgem’s principal objective so that it explicitly
includes ensuring that regulations align with the emissions reduction targets set out in the Climate Change Act 2008.
10. Support for local authorities: The Government should support local authorities and members of the public in contributing to the UK’s net zero target. For local authorities, this should include access to low-cost, long-term finance as well as a statutory duty to develop emission reduction plans in line with the national targets set by the Climate Change Act 2008. For members of the public, the Government should publish an easily accessible central guide explaining what measures households can take to support decarbonisation and re-introduce a bespoke telephone and visiting advice service.

Rt Hon Norman Lamb MP, Chair of the Science and Technology Committee, said:
“Parliament has declared a climate emergency. The worrying effects of climate change, such as heatwaves, wildfires and flooding are already occurring at an alarming rate and will have a huge impact on future generations. Throughout our inquiry, it was worrying to hear that although the Government may be ambitious when it comes to reducing carbon emissions, it is not putting the policies in place which are needed to achieve those targets. We need to see the Government put its words into actions.
“The Government's own projections suggest that the UK is not currently on track to meet its current emission targets, let alone net zero by 2050. The rate of deployment of several key low-carbon technologies is significantly lower than what is required to meet the Government's ambitions, and various stakeholders expressed concern at the current and projected rate of progress of the UK's decarbonisation.
“We heard of cut backs in various programmes and slow progress, which are incompatible with the UK's two upcoming, legally binding, carbon budgets—this is unacceptable. If Governments across the world fail to act, it will have dire consequences for the environment and generations to come.
“The scale of the challenge cannot be underestimated. This Report clearly highlights ten key areas of concern and we hope the Government listens to our realistic, achievable recommendations on how to make the UK a world leader in cutting carbon emissions once again.”


IIR International Rankine 2020 Conference

Don’t miss this unique opportunity to present at the IIR International Rankine 2020 Conference in Glasgow – Advances in Cooling, Heating and Power Generation.

Celebrate the life and legacy of William Rankine on the bi-centenary of his birth at the University where he was based. The conference brings together the disciplines of Organic Rankine Cycle (ORC) and Refrigeration, Air-Conditioning and Heat Pumps (RACHP). 

Authors - please submit your abstract by 20th September. 

Programme themes:

  • Cooling and Heating refrigeration systems with the reverse Rankine cycle, including compressors, heat transfer and exchanger, system/cycle design and optimisation, novel applications and system simulation.
  • Power generation using organic fluids, comparing organic Rankine cycle to other power generation applications, expanders, heat transfer and exchangers, system/ cycle design and optimisation, novel applications and system simulation.
  • Working Fluids new fluids, fluid blends, environmental impact, performance analysis and comparisons, (both natural working fluids and fluorine-based refrigerants). 

Student researchers –a  prize fund of £1,800 will be awarded to the best student papers presented. Discounted registration fee for students.

The event is expected to attract 300 delegates and 120 technical papers.

More information and details of how to submit abstracts at www.rankine2020.com.




London Build: Women in Construction

London Build has been celebrating women within the construction industry since 2015, hosting an annual Women in Construction networking attended by over 1,200 women working across all sectors – making it the UK’s largest meeting of Women in Construction.

This free-to-attend session gives professionals the opportunity to learn from a panel of established experts and rub elbows with some truly inspirational women who have made a significant impact on the industry.

The event will look at issues of gender imbalance and inequality within the built environment, as well as highlighting the outstanding achievements of those who are driving change across the industry. Kicking off at 10.30am on day two of London Build (28th Nov), we’ll see the Women in Construction panel take over the main stage – an upgrade from 2018 in order to accommodate the ever-increasing audience. Moderated by Cristina Lanz Azcarate, London and South East Chair - NAWIC, the panel will feature five renowned speakers:


  • Ruby El-Kanzi, Senior Design Manager I Construction London - Wates
  • Pamela McInroy, Equality, Diversity & Inclusion Manager - High Speed Two
  • Sharon Duffy, Head of Transport Infrastructure Engineering - Transport for London
  • Michelle Hands, Director - N J Engineering
  • Michaela Wain, Managing Director - We Connect Construction

After the panel, the event will move to the Built Environment Networking Hub – a chance to network with established experts including the event's Women in Construction Ambassadors and discuss the untapped opportunities for both women and men working in construction, diversity and equality.

Becoming a Women in Construction Ambassador

Part of London Build’s commitment to amplifying the voices of Women in Construction is its active recruitment of professional and talented individuals driving change within the construction industry. We seek out ambassadors to represent the extraordinary skill sets and expertise the industry has to offer. Both women and men are welcome!

London Build focusses on showcasing the advantages of being a woman in construction, and strives to have a strong female line-up in its content programme.

This mission to ensure that businesses within the construction industry have every opportunity to thrive, by telling inspiring and motivating stories from exceptional women, is something that we encourage industry professionals to become a part of.

You can get involved by joining industry-leading names such as Christina Riley, Angela Brady, Alison Coutinho and Angela Dapper in becoming a Women in Construction Ambassador. By promoting the Women in Construction Networking Event and London Build to your contacts, you’ll have a WIC Ambassadors’ badge, priority seating at the conference, first-hand introductions during the networking event to help you gain an active role in promoting the WIC initiative and keep striving to make incredible change in the UK’s construction industry.

Anyone of any gender who is passionate about driving change in the UK’s built environment, from students to architects to CEO’s, is welcome to get involved. To find out more or to sign up, visit www.londonbuildexpo.com/wic.

Women in Construction at the London Construction Awards

The London Construction Awards are the leading construction awards for London, recognising achievements, developments and innovation in London’s booming construction industry.

A recognised industry accolade, the London Construction Awards have niche award categories to suit each specialism – and continues the London Build theme of championing equality, diversity and inclusion with its tailored Women in Construction and Diversity and Inclusion awards. Both categories are free to enter, and entries close at 5pm on 27th August 2019 (an extension on the deadline).

For further information, don't hesitate to get in touch with the team at wic@londonbuildexpo.com or call 0203 058 2350.



What to expect at Hotel360

FETA is partnering with the Hotel360 show this year. Uniting the leading innovators from the worlds of marketing, branding, facilities management, operations, technology and beyond, Hotel360 is the hub of the solutions and systems that’ll provide you with the tools you need to build relationships, increase your profits and elevate your hotel to the next level.

At the show, you’ll find 320 seminars by an unparalleled speaker line-up, boasting the likes of:

  • Gonzalo Carpintero, Vice President Operations EMEA at 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 at Red Carnation Hotels
  • Raymond Santamaria, Food & Beverage Development Director at 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 at Hyatt Hotels Corporation

Giving a helping hand with the 360 experience are 500 of the industry’s leading suppliers, panel debates covering topics from across the whole breath of the hospitality industry, exclusive show offers available to visitors only, innovation awards recognising the industry’s leading visionaries, and much more!

And don’t forget, your ticket is not only free, but also gives you unprecedented 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!


European groups produce leaflet on illegal refrigerant imports

With the European market swamped with cheap, illegal refrigerant, the contractors association AREA, refrigeration component manufacturers group ASERCOM, refrigerant producers organisation EFCTC, and EPEE, the European Partnership for Energy & the Environment, have joined together to produce Protect your business: buy refrigerant from safe sources.

The new leaflet gives a brief overview on how to distinguish safe sources from illegal ones and how to recognise illegal refrigerants. 

It warns that the risks of buying illegal refrigerant are high and range from hefty fines to risks for health and safety for installers and users. 

The leaflet also warns of the environmental impact of the illegal trade: it undermines the F-gas regulation’s aim to phase down HFCs and increases the risks of refrigerant leakage to atmosphere through the use of inadequate cylinders, or illegal disposable cylinders.

It recommends that refrigerant should only be purchased from a reputable distributor, to avoid purchases from internet platforms and not to buy refrigerants in disposable cylinders which are banned in the EU.

The document can be downloaded from the EPEE website here.


BESA Conference aims to turn theory into practice

This year’s BESA National Conference will take place at the Millennium Gloucester Hotel, London on November 21st.

Taking its overall theme as ‘Competence, compliance and climate change – turning theory into practice’, the Conference will consider how the building engineering industry can meet many of the technical challenges it is now facing.

These include turning the government’s pledge to achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2050 into practical actions; delivering the building safety solutions highlighted by the Hackitt Review; complying with ever tightening refrigerant legislation; and achieving higher standards in pipework, ventilation and off-site manufacturing.

The wider theme of health and well-being in buildings will also be central to the Conference with technical experts considering the impact of rising pollution, overheating and poor humidity control on the quality of life of building occupants.

The net zero carbon challenge will be a cornerstone of the one-day event as BESA believes building engineering firms will be central to the £1trn programme to fully decarbonise the UK economy by 2050.

For more information about the BESA National Conference and how to secure an ‘early bird’ discounted registration go to www.theBESA.com/conference.


New AREA guide to EN 378

AREA, the European refrigeration contractors association, has issued a new publication "Introduction to Refrigeration Standard EN 378".  This is a useful and practical guide to the standard, and the calculations required to ascertain appropriate refrigerant charge sizes for different applications.  As such, it complements FETA's work on risk assessment.

The guide can be downloaded here

We are advised that the guide still needs some work on the graphics, but AREA took the decision to publish anyway.  These updates will be made after the summer break.


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.