Bruce Allen’s Insight | June 2024 

Welcome to my insight to the June 2024 HETAS monthly newsletter.

As we reach the midpoint of the year, we have had a good opportunity to assess recent progress and speak to many of our valued registrants regarding a multitude of topics, ranging from biomass to air quality legislation. In our industry, summer is the perfect time to check up on how recent business has been going and complete tasks we may not have time for during the heating season. The team have created this article to help you market your business across social media, providing some top tips on how to improve your presence and increase your awareness during the warmer weather. 

Many members of the HETAS team, me included, attended this year’s InstallerSHOW where we exhibited at the NEC Birmingham on 25–27 June. We are proud to represent our industry and it was excellent to hear feedback on our stand. The entire team reported back a vast amount of interesting, engaging, and thought-provoking conversations, both with installers and consumers alike. Many thanks to Salamander Stoves, Rodstation, and Specflue for generously providing products for us to display on our stand and to all the team that attended and represented HETAS. Discover more across this article, our socials, and the InstallerSHOW website. We will be exhibiting again in 2025 and I look forward to speaking with more of you. 

HETAS Compliance Manager, Alan Young, recently attended Carbon Monoxide Research Trust’s (CORT) CO Research Conference 2024 on behalf of HETAS. Alan reported back some highly interesting discussions and was thoroughly impressed with the knowledge on display by the experts present. As the industry-leading organisation in solid fuel appliances and biomass, CO awareness is incredibly important to us. We will continue to do our part, working with other organisations to spread awareness and contribute to ongoing research projects where possible. Read more about this year’s CO conference, held by CORT, in our article, where you can also find safety and awareness resources to share among customers. 

The Scottish Government released this year’s progress report for Cleaner Air for Scotland 2, detailing current measures and updates on progress that has been made. The progress report indicates minimal meaningful developments have taken place since the last report, with research currently underway and discussions in progress. We suggest that further action is taken, with HETAS available to provide support to all UK governments and devolved administrations. Read the full summary in our article where we explore ways progress could be furthered. 

We recently launched our partnership with Fleetmaxx Solutions, providing HETAS registrants with the opportunity to receive exclusive discounts across fuel, EV charging, vehicle tracking, and more. Find out more about how you could save and apply on the  Fleetmaxx Solutions website. 

The team have put together a simple, easy to read article advising consumers on their new wood burner purchase. As trusted figures in our industry, we should ensure we continue to provide factual information to keep consumers informed so they can minimise their emissions and maximise their stove’s efficiency. Sharing this article with any individuals that are looking at the possibility of purchasing a new appliance will provide them with the foundational knowledge of what they should look for, allowing them to speak to you further about what is suitable for them. Cleaner Choice appliances ensure consumers are burning cleaner and safer, promoting better industry standards. 

This month’s manufacturer spotlight focuses on AGA, where the company’s rich history and appliance capabilities are explored. We hope you enjoy the read – we are proud to have an increasing number of manufacturers certifying their appliances on the Cleaner Choice scheme, demonstrating their commitment to our industry and minimising their emissions. 

As the general election draws close, I want to remind all our registrants of the role of HETAS and where we support and influence government departments. We are a certification organisation, providing registration and certification schemes, and we operate the Clean Air Contract for government (Assessment of Defra Exempt Appliances and Ready to Burn Fuels). HETAS also operates the Biomass Boiler Servicing Scheme, supporting non-domestic RHI Legislation, DESNZ and Ofgem. Additionally, Woodsure operates its wood fuel quality schemes and government contracts (Ready to Burn and Biomass Suppliers List). These roles grant us our unique position of ‘trusted advisor’ to government departments. The technical information and statistics we are uniquely positioned to provide is viewed as vital to governments and devolved administrations when making policy decisions. We have gained this unique position due to being an independent and impartial industry-leading registration, accredited certification, and standards organisation, and from the excellent services our registrants plus certificated scheme members provide. Our knowledge and skills have a strong influence on continuing to create a cleaner, safer, and more sustainable future for domestic and non-domestic burning. 

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