Restart Grant – a support package available to retailers

A support package could be available for retailers that have had to close due to lockdown restrictions. The ‘Restart Grant’, which is available from April, was announced as part of the most recent budget to help businesses get back up and running. Almost 700,000 small business owners are set to benefit from the scheme. Non-essential Read More…

Kickstart Scheme – an exciting opportunity for your business…

Could you offer an unemployed young person the opportunity to work through the Kickstart Scheme? The Kickstart Scheme provides funding to create new job placements for 16 to 24-year-olds on Universal Credit who are at risk of long term unemployment. Employers of all sizes can apply for funding which covers: 100% of the National Minimum Read More…

Scientists review casts doubt on impact of wood burning stoves

Non-profit industry organisations HETAS and Woodsure say a scientific review of air quality measures casts serious doubt on the claim that wood burning causes more pollution than traffic. The independent scientific review1, commissioned by HETAS, draws attention to the uncertainty around how much domestic burning contributes to UK air pollution. In fact, the government report Read More…

Evolve Home Energy Solutions and ECOE free webinar series

Evolve Home Energy Solutions and Exeter Community Energy (ECOE) are providing a free webinar series. These will have information to help make homes more energy-efficient. The webinars will take place over two days. The first session will cover the government’s Green Homes Grant scheme and how to find quality installers. Then we will be introducing Read More…

UK Clean Air Strategies and domestic burning

Work on implementing clean air strategies across the UK remains a high priority for the government and devolved administrations. We have already seen legislation passed in England for domestic solid fuels through The Air Quality (Domestic Solid Fuels Standards) (England) Regulations 2020 and can expect further changes to legislation over the coming years.

The impact of wood burning stoves on air pollution

What we have to say… Recently, we have read a few articles about wood burning stoves and their impact on air pollution. Following the development of various research projects, we can see it is difficult for scientists to cover in their studies, the wide variety of issues that can have an impact on air pollution, with a particular focus on Read More…

White Paper on Clean Air (Wales) Bill published

HETAS is pleased to see the publication of the Welsh Government’s White Paper on a Clean Air (Wales) Bill which aims to make Wales a better and healthier place to live. HETAS has been working directly as part of the Welsh government Task and Finish Group since 2018 (comprising industry, fuel suppliers, Public Health Wales, Healthy Air Cymru, Local Authorities, HETAS and other organisations).

HETAS appointed by Defra to run Ready to Burn scheme for manufactured solid fuels

HETAS, the non-profit organisation supporting cleaner and safer choices for the use of biomass and other solid fuels, appliances and associated technologies, has been appointed by Defra to run its Ready to Burn certification scheme that will underpin The Air Quality (Domestic Solid Fuels Standards) (England) Regulations 2020 that will come into force in England from 1 May 2021 for manufactured solid fuels.

Lockdown Update

With various lockdown measures being implemented across the UK, we wanted to update you on the current situation for tradespeople working in other people’s homes. The guidance varies by region, please ensure you adhere to the guidance provided for the area in which you work. For England and Wales tradespeople are permitted to continue working Read More…