Category Archives: Industry News

Industry needs to fill thousands of roles to achieve ‘net zero’ by 2050

More young people are being encouraged to take up a career in the heating sector following a report which estimates 400,000 energy related jobs will need to be filled to create a workforce fit to achieve net zero by 2050. According to the National Grid findings, 260,000 of the roles will be new, including skilled […]

Grant presents Wiltshire Air Ambulance with £10,000 donation

Over the course of 2019, Grant UK’s staff were busy completing fundraising activities in aid of the Wiltshire Air Ambulance, resulting in the company presenting the local charity with a donation of £10,000 to help support its essential work. At the beginning of last year, Grant UK announced that its chosen charity to support in […]

Supporting registered businesses during the lockdown

Information for OFTEC registered heating technicians The unprecedented lockdown period in the UK and Ireland has been extremely testing for many people. Decisions that would normally be unthinkable have transformed our daily lives, presenting a range of challenges – whether it’s juggling work and childcare, or getting used to the isolation, lost income or patchy […]

Changes are coming to the heating sector

With the urgent need to reduce carbon emissions increasingly taking centre stage, the new decade is likely to bring changes to many aspects of our daily life. But what will it mean for the heating industry? Ahead of Futurebuild event, where MCS will be working with key partners to create the Future Installer Zone, we […]

What could be coming down the road? OFTEC dusts off its crystal ball!

To drive through the changes needed to reach its carbon reduction targets, the government will need to shake up the current way that things are done in the heating industry. OFTEC has dusted off its crystal ball and here considers a few of the most likely policy options the government may consider. The last decade […]

Celebrating the opening of a €14 million facilities expansion

Grant Engineering welcomed Taoiseach Leo Varadkar to officially open its newly expanded facilities in Birr, Co. Offaly, representing a capital investment of €14 million. The major expansion plans were announced in 2016 in response to increased demand for the company’s heating products on a local and international level. In recent years Grant has enjoyed further […]

OFTEC comments in its response to ECO3 ‘Improving Consumer Protection’ consultation

“OFTEC believes PAS2035 and Trustmark do not provide the answer to overcoming the quality and compliance issues which have been associated with the delivery of ECO funded installations.” These were the comments of OFTEC registration director, Adrian Lightwood, on the trade association’s response to the Energy Company Obligation ECO3): Improving Consumer Protection consultation, which closed […]

Welsh businesses urged to get ready ahead of new tank regulations

New regulations from Natural Resources Wales, due to come into force in March 2020, will mean that all above-ground tanks in excess of 200 litres, used to store oil at commercial premises in Wales, are required to have a secondary containment system to prevent oil escaping to the environment in the event of a spillage […]

A good starting point

Invited to see a biofuelled oil boiler in action by Worcester Bosch, Oil Installer’s editor, Jane Raphael and deputy editor, Peter Clayton were very pleased to accept. Touring the shop floor first, operations manager, Peter Wragsdale, proved to be an excellent guide. It was interesting to learn that the Clay Cross facility, which can receive […]

OFTEC committed to helping government achieve its goals for off-grid homes

In June 2019 the Taoiseach (Irish Prime Minister) Leo Varadkar, published the Government’s ambitious plans to tackle ‘Climate Breakdown’. The proposal under the National Development Plan (NDP) is to move 170,000 liquid fuelled homes to air source heat pumps (ASHP) by 2030 (in addition to a targeted 200,000 in new build). However, the CAP suggests […]