FETA marks 30 years

FETA, the Federation of Environmental Trade Associations, marked its 30th anniversary with an industry reception at the Savoy Hotel in London last month (July). It was attended by representatives of other trade associations, professional institutions, civil servants with which FETA works and Home Secretary Theresa May, MP for the constituency in which FETA’s offices are located.

Mike Nankivell, chairman of the FETA board, recalled how the foundations of FETA were laid well before it was formally established in 1984.

Two organisations realised that it made sense to work together to share administrative effort, so they formed a loose federation. They were HEVAC (Heating, Ventilation & Air Conditioning Manufacturers’ Association) and the BRA (British Refrigeration Association).

The formation of the BFCMA (British Flue & Chimney Manufacturers’ Association) led to three organisations founding FETA in 1984.

The association now has three other members — HPA (Heat Pump Association), BCIA (Building Controls Industry Association) and ADCAS (Association of Ductwork Contractors & Allied Services).

Mike Nankivell said, ‘We are now a very diverse, affordable and effective environmental trade organisation. We have become one of the well respected pillars of our sector, alongside several other industry bodies and professional institutions present today. Our modus operandi is to work and collaborate with our colleagues, both here and in Europe.’

He paid tribute to the contribution made by members; ‘FETA and its associations only work because of the support and participation of its members.’

Noting that the membership of FETA has doubled in the last 15 years to 400 companies, Theresa May attributed that achievement as being ‘pure testament to the success of the association’. She added, ‘But, of course, its is the combined efforts of all those who over the last 40 years have volunteered to be part of FETA, to be representatives of FETA, and the staff that have employed all that time that took FETA to this point.

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