What’s the future for renewables in the UK? - MCS & GTEC discuss at the forum

16 Jun 2021

Ian Rippin, CEO of the Migrogeneration Certification Scheme (MCS) and Griff Thomas, MD for GTEC will be delivering an update on the renewables sector at LCL Awards Virtual Forum, from 16:00 – 16:40 on Thursday 24th June.

The UK needs to act fast to meet its low carbon emissions targets and small-scale renewables will play a crucial role in greening Britain’s homes to help tackle the climate emergency. Griff and Ian will discuss the the potential market opportunities this presents for installers and the centres that train them.

Ian Rippin is currently leading MCS through a period of dramatic change as the organisation works to inspire the next generation of home-grown energy. As well as being a member and chair on a number of certification body’s governing and impartiality committees, Ian serves as an inaugural member of Liverpool City Region’s Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) - Clean Growth Board.

At the forum Ian will explore the deployment of domestic renewable technologies over the last 10+ years and most importantly, predict future trends and market conditions that will be of interest to training centres looking to diversify. His discussion will reference his organisation’s recent report ‘Renewing Britain’, which outlines the dramatic change in landscape for low carbon technologies in recent years. The report also provides insight to help shape the future or renewables, showcasing the many opportunities available and highlighting the long-term policy framework needed from government to enable the renewables sector to flourish.

Griff Thomas, MD for LCL Awards centre, GTEC, which specialises in renewables, is also instrumental in the development of LCL’s renewable qualifications, including the recently launched Electrical Energy Storage (EESS). A key representative for his industry, Griff has contributed to most of the national renewable technology standards. Griff is also called-upon for training advice from much further afield - he is currently working with the British Commission in India, as part of the countries drive to de-carbonise its cities. 

Griff will outline the new EESS qualification and its potential market – an important technology in helping the UK manage its electricity supply in a sustainable way, while allowing more homeowners to become self-sufficient. He will also discuss the need to encourage existing building services installers to take-up heat pump training, as a lack of skilled operatives is currently a major stumbling block in meeting the UK’s Net Zero targets.

MCS and GTEC won the successful bid last year to deliver the Renewable Heat Installer Training Support Scheme (RHITSS), offering up to 70% off the cost of heat pump and solar thermal training, plus the associated certification (including MCS registration).

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