General Information About HETAS
HETAS is UK’s official body recognised by the government to authorise solid fuel domestic heating appliances, biomass, fuels and services. The company works with approving products such as cover boilers, cookers, open fires, stoves, and room heaters.
HETAS also deals with training and the registration of competent installers who can handle both the paperwork and choice of the proper installation for your household.
Given the fact that HETAS oversees all types of activities related to alternative heating regulations and systems. Their activities range from:
- Installer Registration - Certified installers are trained and certified to UKAS standards, thus they can certify that their endeavors comply with the relevant building regulations. They have access to Technical Handbooks, consultations and updates, equipment, competitively priced insurances, and Prompt Payer membership.
- Training - HETAS provides top training for solid fuel, wood and biomass. They offer comprehensive courses specially designed for installers, chimney sweeps, specifiers, Local Authorities, Building Control officers, and those associated with the wood and fuel supply chain.
- Product Approval - HETAS conducts the government’s approved scheme regarding testing and consent of solid fuel and biomass appliances. The HETAS Guide is distributed annually and offers installers and specifiers with an effective list of approved appliances, chimneys and adjacent equipment.
- Microgeneration Certification Scheme - The Microgeneration Scheme (MCS) is a government approved programme which is designed to build consumer confidence in the ever-growing renewable energy sector. HETAS administers both MCS installer and MCS appliance practices covering biomass and solar thermal technologies.
- Quality Assured Fuel - HETAS also runs the Quality Assured Fuel scheme which offers a certified quality standard for wood and biomass fuel quality. Their categories range from logs, briquettes to chips and pellets, the scheme providing consumers with confidence in fuel quality and sustainability.
- Approved Chimney Sweeps - In the HETAS Guide, sweeps, who are members of the National Association of Chimney Sweeps (NACS), the Guild of Master Chimney Sweeps and the Association of Professional and Independent Chimney Sweeps (APICS) are listed and can use the HETAS Approved Chimney Sweep logo.
The Renewable Heat Incentive and the Green Deal
1. The Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) - Represents the government’s primary mechanism for pushing on the transition to open the market for renewable and low carbon heat in the coming decades. The RHI serves as the key contributor in carrying out UK’s share of the European Union’s (EU) renewable energy objectives and the Carbon Plan, which underlines the two key objectives of the scheme:
- Increasing the distribution of renewable heat technologies in order to keep the UK on schedule to meet the 2020 target in the most cost effective way. The 2009 Renewable Energy Strategy concluded that heat could contribute 12% towards meeting this target.
- To ensure that UK’s target of 80% reduction in carbon is met by 2050.
The Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) is liable for the policy and regulations underpinning the scheme, while the Office for Gas and Electricity Markets (Ofgem) conducts the scheme on behalf of DECC.
2. The Green Deal - Is an important part of The Energy Act. The Energy Bill gained Royal Assent and became the Energy Act on the 18th of October 2011. It provides a new step in changing the provision of energy efficiency measures to households and businesses alike, also making changes into legislative frameworks to ensure secure low-carbon energy supplies and fair competition in the energy sector.
Green Deal Focus
The Green Deal focuses on retrofitting 14 million homes by 2020 and cut CO2 emissions in households by 29% and 13% in workplaces (DECC information), applying a new financial framework to implement the provision of fixed improvements to the energy efficiency in households and non-domestic properties, which would be funded by a charge on energy bills that avoids the need for consumers to pay the upfront costs.
Green Deal Advisory Scheme
All businesses and houses have the legal right to an energy efficiency assessment, which is executed by a certified Green Deal Advisor. Therefore, consumers may be given energy efficiency improvements at no up-front cost. The value of the investment can potentially be redeemed through mechanisms such as a charge on the energy bill, which will be fixed to the property.
The UK government has taken all the necessary measures to ensure that their CO2 emissions and greenhouse gases will drop slowly but surely by 2020, and have a long-term plan that will continue reducing pollution. We at GreenMatch share the same ideas as the British government and wish to help the environment regain its somehow lost vitality, that is why we offer you the best services and assistance in finding the best solution for you and your budget.