DECC is abolished by PM The Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) has been axed as part of a major ministerial and departmental reshuffle. Energy policy will now fall under the newly created Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS). Phil Hurley, managing director at NIBE, said the decision was ‘unexpected’ and ‘unsettling’, especially in the context of the Renewable Heating Incentive (RHI). “Following the welcome boost provided by the launch of the domestic RHI in 2014, this decision could throw the industry into a renewed state of uncertainty,” he said. “It would be wrong to say that we have no concerns about the potential implications of this for renewable heat in the UK – particularly as it comes during a pivotal RHI consultation period.” Jeff House, regulatory marketing manager at Baxi Heating, said: “The disbanding of DECC has already been faced with scepticism, however, the changes afoot indicate a positive outlook for the future of climate change and the decarbonisation of the UK in the long run. Prime MInister Teresa May, seen here at a Screwfix event prior to her appointment, has disbanded DECC In a move designed by the government to “bring together business and energy efficiency policy”, Greg Clark has been appointed to the Cabinet in the newly created role of Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS). In a statement on his new role, Mr Clark said: “I am thrilled to have been appointed to lead this new department charged with delivering a comprehensive industrial strategy, leading government’s relationship with business, furthering our world-class science base, delivering affordable, clean energy and tackling climate change.” Julia Evans, chief executive of the Building Services Research and Information Association (BSRIA), said: “This is inspired thinking from “BEIS will create a united force for markets, investors and consumers, and should allow the issue of decarbonisation to better tie up with infrastructure, innovation and policy initiatives. This could create a stronger base for us to propel the issues highlighted by DECC forward and make significant changes for a greater impact.” Isaac Occhipinti, head of external affairs at the Energy and Utilities Alliance, said: “At a time when industry is looking to the government for some certainty and continuity this move won’t help. “BEIS needs to embrace green gas as a means of decarbonising heat by utilising the existing grid to deliver low carbon heat to UK buildings with little disruption or expense.” the Prime Minister to marry the worlds of business, energy and industrial strategy. With the recent Brexit announcement and political turmoil – we need to know there is stability ahead for, not only our members, but the industry at large. “BSRIA was calling on government for such clarity – so this appointment goes some way to addressing this.” Peter Thom, founder of energy efficiency company, Green Heat, said: “We have worked well with Mr Clark in the past during his time at the Department for Communities and Local Government, where the establishment of Industry Advisory Groups helped to formulate changes to Building Regulations over many years. “I look forward to a new impetus being given to tackling climate change and fuel poverty in this appointment and to working closely with the new department to provide advice to inform and ensure new initiatives are workable for all.” Julie Hirigoyen, chief executive officer of the UK Green Building Council, added: "As a priority Mr Clark needs to provide reassurance to businesses so they can invest with confidence in a low carbon future.” 6 NEWS DESK www.hpmmag.com August 2016 In brief • Drayton is advising installers and electricians to recommend smart heating controls to customers looking to control their elderly parents’ heating – and in doing so, they can capitalise on the installation work. The temperature shouldn’t drop below 16°C for elderly people and those with impaired mobility, as the cold can exacerbate health conditions such as respiratory problems, depression, arthritis and diabetes. • Swale Heating is throwing its weight behind Gas Safety Week by giving away free carbon monoxide (CO) monitors. The heating firm is working with Gas Safe Register to make sure members of the public are fully informed about the gas safety message. The CO monitor will be provided free with any private purchase of a boiler during the event, which runs between September 19-25. • New research from the Association of Heating Contractors has highlighted the need for urgent improvements to the enforcement of Building Regulations in the plumbing and heating industry. The independent research highlighted a worrying lack of awareness of Building Regulations among installers, with 52% of companies undertaking boilers and heating work, and only 31% of those working on sanitation and water systems, aware of punishment for not abiding by Building Regulations. • Margaret Ritchie MP has tabled an Early Day Motion demanding that the government ensures renters up and down the country are properly protected from carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning. Ms Ritchie’s motion has called for the government to regulate the fitting of CO alarms in all rented properties across the UK. All-Party Parliamentary Carbon Monoxide Group co-chair, Barry Sheerman MP, says that the motion is a timely reminder that more can be done to stop preventable deaths in the UK. Fifty people a year still die as a result of CO poisoning. Greg Clark in charge of BEIS Portsmouth FC swap shirts for a combi boiler Greg Clark Glow-worm has come to the aid of Portsmouth FC after its boiler broke down, leaving the club with no heating or hot water for the players’ showers. The Belper-based company donated a 30kW Glow-worm Energy combination boiler paired with a Climapro wireless heating control, so that the heating and hot water can be adjusted from any point on site. As a token of its gratitude, the club gave away three shirts: one signed by striker, Conor Chaplin, one signed by centre back, Jack Whatmough and a final shirt signed by both players. The main shirt will be auctioned off to raise money for the Teenage Cancer Trust through the Portsmouth branch of City Plumbing Supplies.
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