Training as key to meeting F-Gas legislation

FETA president John Austin-Davies has stressed training as the most important aspect of delivering the requirements of what is being discussed regarding revision of EU F-Gas legislation. Speaking at the annual lunch of the Federation of Environmental Trade Associations, he said, ‘We talk about CO2 systems that are sub-critical or trans-critical, but we must focus on the point that is most critical — the competence of the people who install, commission and maintain systems with new technology and ensure their safety.’

He stressed, ‘It is inside our industry where the greatest knowledge and experience lays, to determine what is the appropriate, correctly supported, sustainable rate of change. This voice must be heard over and above the voices of individuals or groups with unknown motives.’

With FETA having over 400 member companies representing manufacturers, suppliers, installers and users, John Austin-Davies says, ‘There are many subjects, perhaps legislation, where FETA member companies have common interest, such as the European Eco Design Directive or the Carbon Trust Energy Technology List — and here our combined voice is important and influential.

‘Sometimes, the subject is more focused on one area — such as the Renewable Heat Incentive or Part L of the Building Regulations, and the FETA support for the associations most affected gives their voice greater strength and effect.’

He also referred to the need for appropriate tools to drive members’ commercial activities. In particular, he stressed the importance of FETA working to develop standards inside the ISO, CEN and BSI and for test practice to be determined and documented in appropriate guides. ‘It is in this way that we act responsibly, we improve energy efficiency and work safely,’ concluded John Austin-Davies.




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