Speaking in his final engagement as president of the Oil Fired Technical Association (OFTEC) earlier this week, Martyn Bridges welcomed Nick Hawkins to the role.
Mr Bridges, Worcester, Bosch director of marketing and technical support, completed a two-year term in the post, where his 35 years of industry experience was put to good use on a number of occasions.
During this time, OFTEC began to include renewables in its new registrations remit. Solar thermal, heat pumps and biomass systems will be included from later this year, with solid fuel registration services introduced last April.
It has also continued to lobby the government on the subject of improved heating policies, particularly relating to the RHI and its disappointing uptake.
“It’s imperative OFTEC maintains its pressure on the government to introduce alternative, more pragmatic carbon-reduction and energy-efficiency measures that are accessible to many more households – especially the elderly and fuel poor – who are currently excluded from the RHI because of the high upfront costs of renewables,” said Mr Bridges.
Recently retired HHIC director Roger Webb also spoke at the event, answering the question of the future of fossil fuel in the UK and Ireland’s heating mix.
He believes there will be continued use of fossil fuel, with the actual figures dependent on future legislation and levels of support.
This will be easier to predict when the current administration announces how it will achieve the UK’s legally binding carbon emission figures, said Mr Webb.
The new OFTEC president and previous vice chair Nick Hawkins, who is Deso general manager, stated that the association has a number of plans in place to ensure its provides the “best progressive support and services going forward”.
In addition to increasing its lobbying on carbon emissions and energy efficiency, this will include efforts to introduce a boiler scrappage scheme, he said, building on the 9.2% increase in condensing boiler sales at the end of May 2015.
“I look forward to building on the outstanding contribution Martyn has made during his time as chair,” said Mr Hawkins.