Round the bend

Round the bend HETAS receive on occasion queries relating to the appropriate application of any provisions contained within recognised BSI standards, and how they can be applied with continued re-assurance in meeting the UK Building Regulation requirements. Recently this has included provisions surrounding immediate bends directly off the top of an appliance. Alternative approach In Read More…

National statistics of emissions of air pollutants

On the 18th February Defra published its emissions of air pollutants national statistics. The publication provides estimates of UK emissions of particulate matter (PM10 and PM2.5), nitrogen oxides, ammonia, non-methane volatile organic compounds and sulphur dioxide. The information contains statistics on annual emissions for the period 1970 to 2020.  The full set of emissions of Read More…

Boiler Upgrade Scheme

Through the Heat and Buildings Strategy, the government in October 2021 published plans to incentivise people to install low-carbon heating systems in a simple, fair and cheap way as they come to replace their old boilers over the coming decade. This will significantly reduce the UK’s dependency on fossil fuels and exposure to global price Read More…

Addressing Concern About Wood Burning

The latest statistics from Defra released this week show that PM2.5 emissions from burning wood in homes are significantly less than originally estimated by the Clean Air Strategy in 2019. Based on a Government commissioned report by independent consultants Kantar, the volume of wood burnt in UK homes is estimated to be 1.74m tonnes, which Read More…

HETAS Cleaner Choice – New Scheme Raising Industry Standards

Why is the Cleaner Choice Scheme is needed? In line with on-going government strategies to promote cleaner air and to better support consumer decisions in the purchase of environmentally responsible products, HETAS has launched the independent “Cleaner Choice” initiative for UK biomass and solid fuel products. These developments aim to reform the currently recognised HETAS Product Approval Scheme, Read More…

Christmas Closure 2021

It’s heading towards that time of year when the HETAS office close for a Christmas break following a busy year. No doubt you will all be doing the same and having some well-deserved time with your family & friends. With the festive break fast approaching, we wanted to take this opportunity to wish you a Read More…

Cleaner Air for Scotland Delivery Group formed

The first meeting of Scotland’s Cleaner Air For Scotland 2 (CAFS2) Delivery Group recently took place. The Delivery Group has overall responsibility for ensuring the high level actions detailed in the Scottish Government’s strategy for clean air comes to fruition. The Cleaner Air for Scotland 2 – Towards a Better Place for Everyone which was published in July, sets out the Scottish Government’s air quality policy framework for the next five years and a series of actions to deliver further air quality improvements. Specialist sub-groups will have input into key policy areas of the strategy, with domestic burning being an area of focus.

HETAS signs up to the Prompt Payment Code

HETAS has now signed up to The Prompt Payment Code (PPC). The Code is a voluntary code of practice for businesses, administered by the Office of the Small Business Commissioner (SBC) on behalf of BEIS. It was established in December 2008 and sets standards for payment practices between organisations of any size and their suppliers. Read More…

Small Business Saturday

It’s been a challenging few years for everyone and the retail sector has been impacted massively since the initial lockdown of 2020. The Federation of Small Business suggests there were 5.9 million small businesses at the start of 2020 and SMEs account for three fifths of the employment and around half of turnover in the UK Read More…

Introducing The Environment Act 2021

HETAS welcomes Environmental Act air quality targets HETAS welcomes the passing of the Environment Act 2021 into law. On 9 November, the Act was approved after being first introduced to Parliament in January 2020 to address environmental protection and the delivery of the Government’s 25-year environment plan following Brexit. Government says the Act will clean Read More…