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Triple appointment at OFTEC as trade association invests in team expansion

Thursday, June 10, 2021 by OFTEC

OFTEC has announced three new appointments to its technical and inspection teams as the trade association continues to strengthen its off-grid services for technicians working across liquid fuel, solid fuel and renewable heating technologies.

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How will reaching net zero impact your heating bills?

Wednesday, May 19, 2021 by OFTEC Ireland

There is a government consultation in Northern Ireland surrounding how the carbon emissions should be lowered in Northern Ireland. OFTEC urges homeowners and businesses to urgently respond to this consultation because of the potential financial implications they could face.

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Many households in fuel poverty even before pandemic, figures show

Thursday, May 13, 2021 by OFTEC

The latest statistics for 2019* reveal 13.4% of homes in England are 'fuel poor' which means their disposable income after energy costs puts them below the poverty line and their home has an energy efficiency (EPC) rating of band D or below.

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Industry expertise vital to creating future proof heat decarbonisation policy

Friday, April 23, 2021 by OFTEC

OFTEC welcomes government’s commitment to accelerate the UK’s timeline towards net zero emissions. What is needed now is effective policy to deliver the rapid change required across all sectors, including off-gas heating.

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Young people in Northern Ireland encouraged to consider roles in trade

Friday, April 23, 2021 by OFTEC Ireland

OFTEC Ireland is calling for young people in Northern Ireland to consider an apprenticeship or vocational training in the plumbing and heating sector.

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Government green heating plans unworkable as rural households unable to foot the bill, survey finds

Tuesday, April 13, 2021 by OFTEC

A new survey has found the majority of rural households are unable or unwilling to pay for the green heating measures outlined in the government’s current proposals, raising questions over whether plans to reduce emissions from homes are achievable

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Biofuels on the cards for home heating?

Tuesday, April 06, 2021 by OFTEC Ireland

A public consultation put forward by the Government has suggested that Biofuels could be an option for the future of home heating. OFTEC, the trade association for the liquid fuel industry, has welcomed Dianne Dodds inclusion of bio-fuels in a paper on Energy Strategy options as a realistic and affordable step in the right direction for the 500,000 homes in NI using liquid fuelled heating systems.

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2021 Budget comment from OFTEC CEO, Paul Rose

Saturday, April 03, 2021 by OFTEC

Responding to the 2021 Budget, OFTEC Chief Executive Paul Rose said: The Chancellor didn’t hold back in outlining the financial toll the Covid-19 pandemic has taken on the UK economy, so it’s perhaps not surprising there were very few new green announcements, other than re-commitments to existing policies.

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Fuel poverty concern as homeworkers face higher energy costs

Tuesday, March 23, 2021 by OFTEC

A new report has revealed people working from home have been paying an extra £45 a month in energy costs during lockdown, raising concerns that fuel poor households are being pushed into further financial difficulty.

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OFTEC and UKIFDA comment on the Environmental Audit Committee’s report 'Energy Efficiency of Existing Homes', published today

Monday, March 22, 2021 by OFTEC

"The Environmental Audit Committee (EAC) report underlines OFTEC and UKIFDA’s long held concerns that government has seriously underestimated the cost of upgrading the energy efficiency of UK homes, particularly those off the gas grid".

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