Oil Technicians Vital Role in CO2 Reduction
12th April 2007
The Government has just announced plans to make the UK the first nation in the world to set legal limits on its carbon emissions, unveiling the country’s first draft climate change bill.
In a bid to tackle climate change, the bold legislation could mean that the UK will have to reduce its emissions of carbon dioxide by a massive 60% by 2050, with an additional goal of at least 26% by 2020. The carbon savings are set to be made across all sectors, by improving energy and fuel efficiency.
Richard Gales, Chief Executive of OFTEC said “With big targets to meet, oil heating installers and technicians can play vital role in helping to reduce carbon emissions per year”.
Changes to Part L of the Building Regulations which took effect from April 1st form part of the Government’s initiative to ensure that oil heating installations meet minimum efficiency standards.
Currently around 28% of the UK’s carbon dioxide emissions come from the domestic sector, with methods of heating space and water in homes causing the majority of emissions. The new regulations are a serious effort to help reduce this figure. As of April 1st 2007 all new or replacement oil boilers installed in England, Wales and Northern Ireland must be of the condensing type and have a SEDBUK rating of at least 86% (SEDBUK Band A or B), unless it’s a combination boiler or range cooker boiler, in which case the minimum efficiency is 82% for combination boilers and 75% for range cooker boilers.
There will however be a transitional period for the installation of all oil fired boilers where if a contract to supply a new or replacement boiler was agreed before April 1st 2007 (whether or not the installation work has started) so long as the work is completed by July 1st 2007, the previous arrangement applies. There are also exemptions to the regulations where it may be too difficult or too expensive to install a condensing boiler.
The move means lower fuel bills for householders when compared to standard efficiency appliances, which is excellent news amidst rising fuel prices. More over it means better levels of efficiency and lower carbon emissions for many homes, which is good
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Article Last Updated 12th April 2007