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30 SPECIAL REPORTS Will oil heating be around in 2041? OFTEC’s outgoing director general, Jeremy Hawksley, poses the question. HPM reports Have you ever wondered what the oil heating industry would look like in 25 years time? That was the question posed and answered by Jeremy Hawksley at OFTEC’s mini-conference in Tewkesbury last month. The outgoing director general used the event to offer his own personal view, asking where are we now?, will there be oil heating in the UK and Ireland in the 2040’s? and if so, how much oil will we have? Jeremy revealed there are currently two million plus oil tanks operational, with 400,000 of these single skin and over 20-years-old. Immediate matters for industry, he believes, include replacing these ageing/single skin tank stock, increasing the rate of condensing boiler replacements, and developing links with the government so that oil/liquid heating has a place in heat policies to 2050 and beyond. Jeremy believes there are a number of threats to heating, divided into two time scales. During the next ten years, there is the threat of new combustion directives from Europe Energy Labelling and new NOx limits, a long-term increase in heating oil price, the mass uptake of Renewable Heat Incentive renewable grants and the risk of reputational damage due to mass tank failures. Threats to oil industry From 2026 until 2041, more threats could include a special tax on heating oil, for example, VAT at 20%, a legal ban on the installation of new and replacement oil boilers and the introduction of affordable de-carbonised electric heating. Despite the threats to its future, Jeremy believes oil heating continues to perform well. “As well as the low oil price, the trade and consumers appear to be going against renewable domestic heat fiascos such as the Green Deal and the Microgeneration Certification Scheme,” he added. Jeremy believes there are many opportunities for oil heating going forward. These include improved performance through condensing boilers, new bunded tanks and better controls, the low oil price and its transparency unlike gas and electricity prices and hybrid technologies. So will there be an oil heating sector in 2041? “Yes, but prophesy is genuinely tricky,” said Jeremy. “We have got to admit we will have gradual shift towards renewable heating and moving away from fossil fuels. We have to be hopeful that the immediate future is going to be this push towards condensing boilers, better controls, better insulation and bunded tanks and hopefully backed by building regulations. “Although our market in domestic oil will be down to 1.7 million from two million and we will be selling less fuel, we have got a good 25 years left and I believe we will still have a very strong industry.” Touch and feel roadshows prove a hit From May to October 2016, the Kinedo by Saniflo ‘Building better bathrooms’ roadshow is touring the UK, parking up daily at merchant customers with the aim of inviting installers along to installation demonstrations and product showcases. HPM pays a visit www.hpmmag.com August 2016 Jeremy Hawksley The venue for HPM’s roadshow visit last month was the Huntingdon branch and head office of plumbers’ merchant, Plumb-it UK. Plumb-it UK was one of 80 venues been selected by Saniflo to get its Kinedo brand better known. Plumb-it UK’s managing director, Brian Cooper, said: “The main aim of the roadshow is to get installers on board to see the Kinedo product, to appreciate the product for what it is,” he said. “If you actually see the product in front of you, you can touch it, and that is totally different experience to seeing in a brochure, on-line or behind a counter. “Other merchants should start to think more outside the box and be prepared to put products on site that there is a demand for.” Brian also used the event to publicise that Plumb-it has been awarded Financial Conduct Authority accreditation. With Barclays Partner Finance as the lender, Plumb-it is able to offer a wide choice of funding options to its customers. Plumb-it now enjoys the unique selling point of being able to offer low interest finance plans from three to 15 years, ‘Buy Now Pay Later’ and 0% interest free credit plans from one to three years in length. “With the added peace of mind that any deposits or guarantees are safeguarded by Barclays Finance Partner, Plumb-it is delivering the payment choices and assurances that sets it apart from the competition,” added Brian. Throughout the day, Saniflo’s technical and sales teams were on hand to answer questions and discuss how installers can improve their earnings by fitting Kinedo cubicles. Anne Boardman, Saniflo UK’s customer services and marketing manager, said: “Saniflo has a good name for macerators and the pumps side of the business, but the Kinedo is our lesser known brand. We were running seminars in event rooms and hotels to get people there, but they needed time off work to take part. “Trade exhibitions are not really worth while any more as most installers are too busy to attend, so we thought of the roadshows because it takes the product to them. “It has been a huge success so far. The winter months are not so much fun standing in a cold car park, so we will consider new products, refurbish the truck accordingly and start again next spring,” she said. The Kinedo bus enquiry number 122 enquiry number 123


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