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.

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FETA and the Coronavirus

In the light of the Government’s latest announcements on public health measures related to the COVID-19 virus FETA has adjusted its working practices accordingly. Staff are now working from home, and to that end, until further notice, we will no longer organise physical meetings at the Hare Hatch offices, or elsewhere. 

Future meetings will be held online.  The first of these have worked well using the Zoom meeting system.  This method of meeting does require some changes to how members take part. We will encourage all concerned to concentrate on topics where the groups need to make decisions (e.g. responses to consultations, voting on Standards etc)  

The FETA Lunch has now been postponed to Thursday, 10th December, at the same venue and with the same guest speaker. Details here.

Clearly, member companies will be going through similar challenges of their own and we appreciate that may also impede the regular flow of information between us all, but please be assured the staff here will endeavour to continue to uphold a calm and measured “business as usual” stance.

URGENT: Call for engineering volunteers to support the NHS across the UK

There are a number of new medical facilities being built across the UK to treat patients with COVID-19. Please note that this is an initial call for regions across the UK, in preparation, should they need auxiliary support in the coming weeks.

In order to maintain patient care, many clinical and support staff have been drafted in from their Trusts to take up roles within these field hospitals. However, this will leave both the Trusts and the Field Hospitals short of technical and logistical support.

We have been approached by the Royal Academy of Engineering, on behalf of NHS England, to ask if we as a Professional Engineering Institution could support the NHS in providing technical expertise to the Health Service.

We have been provided with a job description for Auxiliary Engineering Support which is attached to this email and outlines the type of tasks and experience required.

We have been advised that while you are termed volunteers you will be given some financial recompense for your service (this is yet to be finalised) and for those that need it, hotel accommodation at the Field Hospital sites and close to the Trusts will be provided. Appropriate training and supervision will also be provided by NHS Clinical Engineering staff.

We thank you for your help and support at this time.

Please view the job description and register your interest here



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


New Heat Pump Guide to support UK Industry

SOME OF the UK’s most experienced clean energy experts have joined forces to create a new guide for domestic heat pump installers. This new heat pump guide creates a single source of best practice guidance to support the UK heat pump industry.

The Guide has been collaboratively crafted by MCS in partnership with Renewable Energy Consumer Code (RECC), Energy Saving Trust and Heat Pump Association (HPA). It streamlines advice by providing a single source of best practice on technical guidance and consumer protection.

Published this week, it is designed to support heat pump installers solve technical and contractual problems. With it, installers can easily deploy best practice solutions and processes in a compliant and legal way. It sits alongside the MCS Heat Pump Standard and will support MCS certified installers with every aspect of the design, installation and commissioning of heat pumps.

The transformation of domestic energy will play a significant role in achieving 2050 net zero targets with heat pumps playing an increasingly important role in delivering low carbon domestic heat. Publication of the Guide is timely in light of Government’s low carbon heat spending announcements last week.

Ian Rippin, CEO of MCS said: “With the market for heat pumps likely to grow significantly, it is important that consumers have confidence in the products that will be installed into their home. Building consumer confidence in low-carbon heat is critical to aiding market growth. Building that trust depends on both technical expertise and contractual best practice. So, we welcome this new Guide which provides all this support to installers in one place.”

The contractual section of the guide examines every aspect of the consumer journey with a focus on the performance claims that underpin contract agreements. It was written by consumer protection specialists who have audited hundreds of companies installing small-scale renewable heat technologies.

Virginia Graham, CEO of RECC said: “Designing and installing heat pumps systems requires considerable skill. Providing consumers with accurate information about an unfamiliar heating technology is vital but challenging. So, I am delighted that installers can now find accessible guidance on the whole process in one place. I commend it to our members.”

Mike Thornton, CEO of Energy Saving Trust said: “If government plans for decarbonising heat are to be realised then there will need to be a significant increase in low carbon and renewable heat options including heat pumps.  However, it is vitally important that these technologies are installed effectively so the benefits for the end users including householders can be realised.  We believe the application of this guide will go a significant way to ensuring this happens and we encourage all suppliers to use it”.

The Heat Pump Guide is now available in the Standards and Tools Library online, www.mcscertified.com


Heat Pump Association reacts to Summer Statement from Chancellor

The Heat Pump Association has welcomed Chancellor Rishi Sunak’s Summer Statement, which looks set to build on promises that the UK will continue to invest in green technology in an effort to reduce greenhouse emissions in social housing and the public sector. However, the HPA believes the UK is still at risk of falling short if some crucial details are not clarified.

On 8th July, the Chancellor delivered his Summer Statement setting out a package of measures to support the economy as the UK seeks to recover from the impact of COVID-19. Mr Sunak emphasised the importance of improving the energy efficiency of homes and reaching net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.

A £2 billion Green Homes Grant will be introduced to help homeowners and landlords make their homes more efficient. Vouchers offered will cover at least two-thirds of the cost, up to £5,000 per household. For the worst off, the scheme will cover the full cost of energy efficiency measures up to £10,000 per household.

The Social Housing Decarbonisation Fund, a £50 million pilot scheme, is aimed at helping social landlords improve the least energy-efficient social rented properties to help create warmer homes and lower annual energy bills for some of the lowest income households.

Graham Wright, Chairman of the HPA, said: “There is a lot of detail to iron out here, however, it appears there is something for landlords, homeowners and those who campaign on behalf of low-income households. Although the amount of money is smaller than that promised for Home Upgrade Grants in the manifesto, it is being brought forwards and should be spent sooner with bigger impact than the sector could have hoped for.”

In addition to the Social Housing Decarbonisation Fund, a Clean Growth Strategy sets out the government’s ambition to halve greenhouse gas emissions from the public sector by 2032. To help achieve this and support economic recovery, the government will invest £1 billion over the next year in a Public Sector Decarbonisation Scheme that will offer grants to public sector bodies, including schools and hospitals, to fund both energy efficiency and low carbon heat upgrades.

In response Graham Wright added: “The amount of funding here is significant. With Local Authorities and other public bodies engaged in a race to declare a climate emergency in recent years, I would expect strong interest in funding that could be used to achieve these ambitions. It will be interesting to see how this funding could be combined, for example with Renewable Heat Incentive payments or the Heat Networks Investment Project.”




Explore the potential of Organic Rankine Cycle technology at Rankine 2020 online

The Institute of Refrigeration has released the full programme of speakers for the Rankine 2020 online international conference which takes place on 27th to 31st July this year. The programme features 75 individual talks, 3 keynote addresses, 1 short course. In addition there will be a free to all event with guest speakers celebrating the Life and Legacy of William Rankine on this the bicentenary of his birth where you can find out what contribution of this great man of science has been to the world of heating and cooling.

You can now read abstracts of all papers that will be presented at the event.    During the live conference speakers will give 20 minute presentations and delegates will be able to ask questions in real time  

To replicate the networking opportunities usually found at a large-scale in person conference, delegates will be able to join the Rankine Coffee Lounge. The Lounge will be the place to chat with technical experts, ask questions of anyone or everyone on the call and take part in live polls.  Each Lounge session will have a specific relevant theme.

A private LinkedIn conference group has also been opened up to allow delegates to carry on the discussions on a one to one basis and exchange contact details.


The conference’s three keynote speakers have been confirmed as:

·         Professor Eckhard Groll of Purdue University, who will explore keys aspects of vapour compression cycles, sorption systems, gas cycles, solid-state system and other “exotic” cycles. He will offer a unique perspective on the design of next-generation heating, cooling and refrigeration technologies.

·         Dr Mark McLinden- Research Chemical Engineer, National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) will give a talk on the evolution of refrigerants and share insights into where we are going next.

·         Dr Vincent Lemort – of the University of Liège will look at new trends and future prospects for Organic Rankine Cycle power systems.


Rankine 2020 will be a unique opportunity to find out about the potential for Organic Rankine Cycles as a market changing technology.   You will hear from leaders and researchers in the fields of thermodynamic cycles, working fluids, and their applications.  Its scope will be broad covering not just refrigeration, air conditioning and heat pumps but also power generation.  

Conference fees range from £168 inc vat and include access to all live conference sessions, downloads of all 75 technical papers and unlimited access to recordings of talks until the end of this year. Visit rankine2020.com to book now


BCIA launches Schoolz Out competition

The Building Controls Industry Association has launched a brand new summer competition that encourages children and young people to design an energy saving product or initiative which uses an element of control, that could help reduce the energy consumption of their schools. 

Terry Sharp, BCIA President, said: “Today’s students are perhaps more aware of environmental matters than anybody as it is their future that is most at stake right now. The next generation of engineers will be the key drivers in developing the innovative technologies to help create a sustainable future and the Schoolz Out competition encourages people to take the initiative as early as possible in shaping the world they will inherit.”


The competition is open to two age categories; age 10 and under, and age 11-16, with a prize to be awarded to the winner of each category. The winners can choose from: A 64GB 10.1” iPad Air with a £30 iTunes gift card  OR  An ASUS C434 Full HD 14 Inch Touchscreen Chromebook. 

Every entry will be put in front of the BCIA’s judging panel. The winner will be the design which the panel believes shows the greatest use of innovation and invention to control the amount of energy being used in a school and most importantly, the entry which will save the most energy for their school. 

The participants must fill in the entry form which can be found here and return this with their design, either via post or email to arrive before the deadline of Monday 31st August 2020. 

The winning entries will be revealed on Thursday 17 September 2020. 

Terry Sharp concluded: “It is vital that we at the BCIA engage with young people like this and I am really looking forward to seeing the ideas that are put forward.”

For more details, click


IOR RACHP Heroes Campaign for World Refrigeration Day

People in the Refrigeration, Air Conditioning and Heat Pump industry have been working hard to keep essential services running in vital sectors, including supermarkets and hospitals, to help their local communities in recent months. To recognise these unsung RACHP heroes the IOR is inviting you to join them in a campaign to identify the people and their stories.

The campaign, which will run on Twitter and Facebook, invites you to post stories about workers who have worked tirelessly, gone beyond the call of duty as part of their work or taken part in voluntary community activities. Anyone with a connection to a refrigeration, air conditioning or heat pump business can be nominated – just share their hero story with a picture or video now using the hashtag #rachpheroes and #wrefd20.

Visit the World Refrigeration Day page on the IOR web site to find out more.


Cold Chain Federation webinars

The Cold Chain Federation's Cold Chain Energy Summit has now put back to November due to the coronavirus pandemic. To replace it, the Cold Chain Federation will host three days of free online events this month. 

The events are being held in partnership with industrial refrigeration specialist Star Refrigeration and will take place on 16, 17 and 18 June. This replaces the planned Cold Chain Energy Summit, which has now been rescheduled for November 18 at The Midland Hotel in Manchester.

Cold Chain Federation chief executive Shane Brennan said: “Keeping the nation fed through the Covid-19 crisis has dominated every aspect of running a cold chain business. Our members have pulled out all the stops to keep fresh and frozen food moving safely through the Covid-19 crisis. Attention is now turning to navigating businesses through the long road to recovery.

The webinars will discuss what the current energy landscape in the UK means for cold chain businesses, showcase the latest innovations, and look at resources available to help cold chain businesses take practical action.

Tuesday 16 June, 10.00-11.00: The energy landscape
Cold Chain Federation’s Shane Brennan and Star Refrigeration’s Dr Rob Lamb will be joined by Claire Chaffer of Jacobs to examine the latest UK energy policy announcements, the extension to the current Climate Change Agreement and what this means for cold store businesses.

Wednesday 17 June, 10.00-11.00: Innovations in renewable energy in the cold chain
Mypower’s Neil Stott will give his insights into starting a renewable energy project, and Magnavale’s Jonathan Gagg will discuss how to build the business case for renewables. Dave Pearson, director of Renewable Energy at Star Refrigeration will explore different options for cold stores looking to create an income stream by harnessing the waste heat generated from refrigeration plants.

Thursday 18 June 10.00-11.00: Energy Summit Day
On the day the industry had planned to gather in person for the Cold Chain Energy Summit, Cold Chain Federation’s Shane Brennan will preview the re-scheduled event in November. Star Refrigeration’s John Clark will share insights into how cold chain businesses can drive energy improvements using data and computer modelling for prompt, targeted action. Finally Cold Chain Federation’s Tom Southall will introduce the Federation’s new guidance on energy efficiency in the cold chain which will be available from July.

Further details and registration can be found here


Heat Pump Association launches Training Strategy amidst growing calls for a green recovery

The Heat Pump Association (HPA) today launched a Training Strategy that lays out how the heating industry needs to transform to enable the wider adoption of heat pumps throughout the UK building stock. The upskilling of heating installers provides the potential for long-term job growth at the same time as helping to achieve net zero emissions; something that could form an important part of a ‘green recovery’.

The Strategy contains five clear steps for how a plumbing and heating engineer can be trained to meet the new challenges we face in trying to achieve the UK goal of a zero carbon future, reducing administration cost, and recommending to government that they support a training voucher scheme for the first 5,000 installers to go through the new course. The Strategy comes at the same time two industry-wide consultations are published on qualification criteria for training courses.

Graham Wright, Chairman of the HPA, said:

“The Committee on Climate Change has made clear that we need to move to heat pumps taking over from gas boilers as the default replacement heating system within the next 10-15 years. This is ambitious, but entirely achievable if we move now to retrain and up-skill a market that already exists of around 120,000 existing heating engineers. The role of installers cannot be underestimated in decarbonising heat. The Strategy we are launching today, together with the consultations on qualification criteria released earlier this week, are key steps towards achieving this and provide the potential for green jobs as we look to recover from the current crisis.”


The Training Strategy paper ‘Building the Installer Base for Net Zero Heating’ can be found Here.

The HPA represents the significant majority of volume manufacturers of heat pumps in the UK (over 80% of the market). The Association works closely with its membership to support policymakers in the development of effective heat decarbonisation policy and other matters that affect the interests of end users, wider stakeholders, and the industry.

In November 2019, the HPA launched ‘Net Zero: A Roadmap for the Role of Heat Pumps’ which identified training and skills as a key enabler for the decarbonisation of heat through heat pumps.

Today’s Strategy paper, and consultations released earlier this week, bring substance to that.

Timetable is for Course Criteria to be submitted to Ofqual following consultation; first training courses expected to be up and running by the end of 2020.


Heating Industry Coalition Consults on Qualification Criteria for Installers of Low Carbon Heating Systems

A Coalition of Heating Industry bodies with particular interests in Low Carbon Heating Systems today published two consultations on qualification criteria for low carbon heating system training courses.

The first consultation is for the criteria that should apply to training courses for all forms of Low Temperature Heating Systems - widely regarded as necessary, both to allow a future market transformation into systems such as Heat Pumps, but also to ensure the most efficient performance is obtained for modern gas condensing boilers.

The second consultation is for the specific criteria that should apply to training courses specifically for Heat Pumps – which operate at greater efficiencies when able to heat customer’s homes at lower system operating temperatures.


Installers are invited to take part in both consultations:

  • The Low Temperature Heating Systems draft criteria and link to the consultation questions can be found HERE.
  • The Heat Pumps draft criteria and link to the consultation questions can be found HERE.

Both consultations have a deadline of 17:00, 30 June 2020.


The Committee on Climate Change has recommended that a widespread transformation from boilers to heat pumps and other low carbon heating systems will need to take place in the next 10-15 years; the industry bodies backing these criteria consider them essential to ensuring sufficient heating engineers are equipped with the necessary training and skills to bring about a challenging, but achievable acceleration of low carbon heating.

The criteria for the generic Low Temperature Heating course have been developed by the Chartered Institute of Heating and Plumbing Engineers, and for the Heat Pump course, by the Heat Pump Association, both in wide consultation with manufacturers, and other industry bodies.

The CIPHE and HPA will collate the responses for each set of criteria respectively, and finalise the criteria before submitting to Ofqual for approval and inclusion in the relevant Competent Persons Schemes. It is expected the first training courses being run to these criteria will be available by the end of 2020.


The Building Controls Industry Association (BCIA) has released a new Technical Guide to add to its portfolio of online Guides available to download.


The new Guide, entitled “The Impact of Controls on the Energy Efficiency of Buildings”, focuses on the British and European standard, BS EN 15232-1:2017, which assesses the cumulative impact of building automation and controls – commonly referred to as BACS - on the energy efficiency of buildings.

Terry Sharp, President of the BCIA, said: “It is a well-documented fact that buildings account for over 40% of global energy consumption, and buildings rarely perform as well as their designers calculated. BCIA member companies use the BS EN 15232 Standard as a guiding light for control system design and operation, so we have released this Technical Guide to help manufacturers and systems integrators understand the Standard better and improve the performance of the buildings they work on.”

The BCIA’s Technical Guides are designed to help members and those in the building controls and BEMS industry work more effectively. All Technical Guides can be downloaded from the “Resources” section of the BCIA website.



Melvyn Lingel

The British Flue & Chimney Manufacturers Association is saddened to announce the news that Melvyn Lingel, past President of the BFCMA, passed away on 1st May.

Always a very popular and respected figure amongst his industry colleagues, Melvyn was involved with the BFCMA from 1980 up to 2006 through his company Rite Vent Ltd.   During those twenty-six years helping the Association he was chairman of the BFCMA Technical Committee from 1985 to 1991 and then President for a long period from 1991 to 2002.  Melvyn was a very active BFCMA representative on several BSI and CEN technical chimney committees where he helped raise safety standards in the industry.

BSI: Risk management and business continuity

BSI is partnering with the Emergency Planning College (EPC), part of the Cabinet Office Civil Contingencies Secretariat, to deliver a series of best practice webinars around business continuity and crisis management.

Please click the link to watch webinars. https://www.bsigroup.com/en-GB/topics/novel-coronavirus-covid-19/risk-management-and-business-continuity/

There are further useful resources and updates on COVID-19 on:




Participation in BSI/CEN/ISO committee work while on furlough

This is a situation which may effect a number of FETA members.

BSI has been asked if a committee member can continue committee work if they are representing their company and are furloughed.

BSI has consulted their HR and Legal team and they have advised that all committee members consult with their employer about this issue.

Those agreeing to be placed on furlough leave cannot undertake any work on behalf of the employer that has furloughed them. Although committee members are volunteers BSI's concern would be that, if employers are benefiting from committee work, engaging in such work could jeopardise the grant the employer receives from the government.

Employers will have to indicate if any of the committee work potentially generates some kind of income for them. Even if there is no clear generation of revenue committee members need to speak to their employer about engaging in committee work as it is ultimately the employer’s risk. BSI is comfortable with furloughed committee members continuing committee work, as long as they seek and obtain permission from their employer.



The Heat Pump Industry has warmly welcomed the Government consultation on Future Support for Low Carbon Heat(1), published yesterday, and in particular the proposal to make grants of £4,000 available for consumers wishing to replace fossil fuel boilers with Heat Pumps.

Chairman of the Heat Pump Association (HPA), Graham Wright, said:
“We are pleased the Government is proposing this important step to decarbonise the way we heat our homes, and thank the Minister, the Rt Hon Kwasi Kwarteng MP, and his civil servants, for their constructive engagement with the HPA, and for developing these policy proposals on the basis of sound evidence and economic analysis. We are particularly pleased that the Government has quoted our recent Industry Roadmap, published last November, within the consultation, and has adopted our proposal for a £4,000 grant per customer, to support heat pump uptake(2).
“The Committee on Climate Change has made it clear that the most cost-effective way for the heat sector to deliver the country’s legally binding carbon targets, is to ensure all new heating systems from 2035 are low carbon(3). Yesterday’s publication is an important first step in delivering that critical market transformation.
“Although there is further dialogue to be had during and after the consultation period, particularly on whether the overall levels of funding are sufficient to deliver the required growth, and ensuring that alternative policy support is developed for larger heat pump installations, today’s announcement is a most welcome step in the right direction.”

(1) “Future Support for Low Carbon Heat”, Department of Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform.


(2) “Delivering Net Zero: A Roadmap For the Role of Heat Pumps”, Heat Pump Association.


(3) p200, “Net Zero – the UK’s Contribution to Stopping Global Warming”. The Committee on Climate Change.



Due to the spread of coronavirus and the subsequent lockdown the Federation of Environmental Trade Associations (FETA) has postponed its Annual Luncheon originally scheduled for Thursday 23rd April 2020. The Lunch has now been re-arranged for Thursday 10th December, again at The Brewery, London, with Kevin Keegan as the guest speaker. 


FETA Chief Executive Russell Beattie said: “We have all been living through truly extraordinary times and we have been trying to provide as much support as possible to both our members and the Government. Our sector has played a significant role in support to the vital national infrastructure and we are exceptionally proud of all our many ‘Key Workers’ and the selfless work they have done. We very much hope that you will be able to join us in December for an event we aim to be seen as a celebration of all that is good in our industry.”  

Details at www.feta.co.uk/activities/feta-annual-lunch



Graeme Rees announced as new Vice-President of BCIA

The Building Controls Industry Association (BCIA) has announced Graeme Rees as its new Vice-President. Graeme replaces Terry Sharp who recently took over as President from Jon Belfield.

Graeme is currently the UK & Ireland Digital Energy Marketing Manager for Schneider Electric and has been involved in the building controls industry for more than 30 years, after starting his career as a Project Engineer at Lidworth Ltd. He later moved on to Bristol Management Systems before spending 19 years at Trend Control Systems, where he worked his way up from Regional Field Services Manager to Marketing Director.

Early in 2019 Graeme was elected on to the BCIA’s Management Committee and he will now use his years of experience gained in industry to support Terry Sharp in building on the BCIA’s position as a leading influence on standards, professionalism and innovation for its members.

Graeme commented: “Having served on the Management Committee for more than a year I have seen at close hand the vital work the BCIA does for its members and tackling the various issues they face. I am very proud to have been appointed Vice-President and I look forward to supporting Terry Sharp as we strive to continue moving the building controls industry forward in an ever-evolving sector.”

Terry Sharp, BCIA President, said: “It gives me huge pleasure to welcome Graeme as Vice-President. The industry experience he has built up during an impressive career will be of great benefit to the BCIA as we carry out our key objectives.”

For further information please visit: www.bcia.co.uk


Terry Sharp announced as new President of BCIA

The Building Controls Industry Association (BCIA) has announced Terry Sharp as its new President. Mr Sharp takes over from Jon Belfield who has held the role for the past two years.

Terry has worked in the controls industry for over 35 years and is an Associate at NDA Consulting, the specialist BEMS and energy consultancy practice. His previous experience includes UK and European leadership roles at Johnson Controls, Sontay and Satchwell Control Systems. After re-joining the BCIA Management Committee in 2017 Terry was appointed Vice-President of the BCIA in January 2019.

Terry Sharp said: “I am extremely proud to take on this challenging but rewarding role. Jon Belfield has carried out exceptional work in raising the profile of the BCIA during his tenure, championed some worthy causes and initialised some brilliant campaigns that will be of great benefit to our industry. I look forward to continuing from where Jon left off, using my knowledge and experience to help form closer relationships between manufacturers and installers and ensure the Building Management Systems (BMS) industry plays a prominent part in 21st century building design and management.”

Jon Belfield added: “It has been a real privilege to serve as BCIA President and I am delighted to hand over to Terry, whose insight and professionalism will keep the controls industry on the upward trajectory.”



The H and V News Summit is back

The H&V News Summit will return this September to discuss the Future of HVAC.

As we enter a new decade, the HVAC Sector is contending with the UK’s continued push towards Net Zero emissions and rising concerns about air quality. This means that 2020 is set to be an important year for the sector.

H&V News is therefore delighted to return with the Future of HVAC Summit on the 17th September, with the aim of once more bringing leading authorities and opinion formers together from across the industry to discuss and debate the issues that matter most.

Taking place in London’s prestigious Bloomsbury Hotel, this event will bring together experts from across the supply chain to discuss ongoing issues, from policy to technology to best practice.

Have a look at last year's programme and highlights and secure your ticket today! The first 50 are available for £99 on a first come-first served basis.


Amanda Barnes, chief executive of Net-Zero Live’s organiser Faversham House, said: “We have been closely monitoring the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak and related Government guidelines. After careful consideration, and having spoken with many people involved in our event, we have decided to suspend Net-Zero Live 2020 until November. The health, safety and wellbeing of our Net-Zero Live community is our priority.  

“If the outbreak continues to escalate as the Government is predicting, we believe visitor footfall and exhibitor attendance will be significantly affected and so it is unlikely we would be able to deliver the UK’s only energy and sustainability event that edie's audience looks forward to each May.  

“We have been in close contact with the NEC over the past few weeks and can confirm the show will go ahead on 10-11 November 2020, in Hall 12. We thank everyone for their patience and understanding and we are now in conversation with all those involved following this decision.

“Most importantly, we wish to extend our thoughts and best wishes to all who have been personally affected by the Coronavirus.”

Net-Zero Live is an evolution of edie Live – the UK's first and only energy and sustainability event which unites thousands of businesses, policymakers, investors, NGOs, product and solutions providers around a common purpose: to spark new ideas and actions on the path to a sustainable future.

The move to 10-11 November means that Net-Zero Live will take place during the first week of the COP26 climate talks which are being hosted in Glasgow – presenting an opportunity for the event’s themes and content to be more closely aligned with the aims of the UN talks. The edie content team are also exploring ways to enhance the brand’s net-zero-themed online content throughout the month of May, with more details to be announced on edie.net in due course.

For further information on Net-Zero Live, please contact edie’s Publisher David Griffiths.

For further information on edie’s planned programme of content activity, please contact edie’s Content Director Luke Nicholls.


EPEE Count on Cooling launch now a webinar

The EPEE event on March 24, which was the official launch of its Count on Cooling campaign, is the latest event to fall victim to the coronavirus and EPEE has now decided to hold the event as free-to-access webinars. 

“Unfortunately, in the light of the current COVID-19 situation, we have decided to transform these events into webinars, still on 24 March,” the organiser said.

In the first webinar, Andrea Voigt, EPEE director general, will present the European Green Deal (EDG) and the policy initiatives with relevance to the cooling sector. EPEE argues that involving the cooling sector is crucial for the EGD to be a success. She will explain what the EGD means for the air conditioning and refrigeration sector and the role of sustainable cooling in a carbon neutral Europe.

This webinar will be held from 13.15-14.00 (CET). Register for the webinar here.

This will be followed at 14.30 (CET) by a 90-minute webinar on Sustainable Cooling as an Enabler for Decarbonisation. This will take a look at the political framework for sustainable cooling, with a focus on the European Green Deal and will also discuss the three key pillars to sustainable cooling: energy efficiency, renewables and infrastructure. Speakers will include Jutta Paulus MEP; Mr Roland Roesch from the International Renewables Energy Agency as well as Olivier Biancarelli from Engie.

Register for the second webinar here.

The project website is countoncooling.eu.



Budget is just the beginning for heat pump industry, says HPA Chairman

The Heat Pump Association has welcomed the Chancellor’s Budget, announced on 11th March 2020, which sets out solid plans to fund the replacement of fossil fuel heating and invest in low carbon heating, but warns there is still much work to do in order to meet the net zero carbon emissions target.

The Chancellor’s Budget statement confirmed the following funding commitments for Low Carbon Heat:

  • To introduce a levy on gas suppliers to support green gas injection to the grid. This will accelerate the decarbonisation of the UK’s gas supply, by increasing the proportion of biomethane in the grid. This is expected to be implemented in autumn 2021. The Government expects these costs to be passed onto gas bill payers. The expected impact is relatively small; around £1 a year on the average household energy bill, rising to around £5 by 2025; that’s c.0.5% of an average household’s dual fuel bill. The Government will implement a robust cost control framework,which includes an annual budget cap to ensure impacts on bills do not rise unexpectedly; 

  • £100 million of exchequer funding in total for 2022/23 and 2023/24 for grant-funding for households and small non-domestic buildings, to install heat pumps, or biomass in limited circumstances, to replace fossil fuel heating. This will form part of government action to help build supply chains ahead of future measures to phase out high carbon heating; and 

  • £270m for a Green Heat Network Fund to run from 2022 to 2025, to follow on from the Heat Network Investment Project. This new targeted fund will ensure that heat networks adopt the most cost-effective low carbon heat sources and will avoid locking in gas generation in the sector.  

Ahead of these schemes being established, the Budget announcement has confirmed that the Government will: 

  • Extend the Domestic Renewable Heat Incentive (DRHI) for a year in 2021/22, maintaining support for heat pumps, biomass and solar thermal; and

  • Introduce a third allocation of Tariff Guarantees under the Non-domestic RHI (NDRHI). These will be available for all technologies that have been eligible for the previous two allocations. 

Graham Wright, Chairman of the HPA, said: “This is exactly the type of pro-active investment we need to see from government if we are serious about meeting the aim for net zero carbon emissions by 2050. We have frequently stated that the low carbon heating technology is there and available, but only with the right policies, investment and awareness will we see the major uptake required. However, this is just the beginning. Industry must also fulfil its commitment to producing sufficient heat pumps, in both quality AND quantity, and working with government to ensure the installer base has the necessary skills to install them correctly.”




REAL Alternatives 4 LIFE offers FREE e-learning certificate

The REAL Alternatives 4 LIFE project has recently launched a FREE e-learning course completion certificate available to anyone who has completed all pages of all nine of the    e-learning modules. The e-learning modules cover fundamentals and safety related to low GWP refrigerants (flammables, carbon dioxide and ammonia).  The e-learning is available in 15 different languages.

Low GWP refrigerants are now firmly established in the market and completing REAL Alternatives e-learning is a convenient and accessible way of improving your knowledge of the principles of working with these refrigerants.  E-learning cannot however replace practical training and hands on experience, and REAL Alternatives also offers standardised teaching materials for practical training programmes which are being delivered in 15 countries across Europe.

Since the launch of the REAL Alternatives 4 LIFE e-learning last year, over 1,800 individuals have enrolled in the online course.  Nearly 600 teachers and technicians have completed practical training courses and passed an assessment which allows them to gain a full REAL Alternatives 4 LIFE CPD (Continued Professional Development) Certificate.  The REAL Alternatives training was developed by a consortium of training providers and institutes across Europe and is co-funded by the EU LIFE Programme for environmental initiatives.

To sign up for the free e-learning or to find a practical training course in your country visit our web site at www.realalternatives4life.eu.