BEIS issues consultation on Energy Companies Obligation (ECO3) scheme

As promised, BEIS has today issued its consultation on Energy Companies Obligation (ECO3) scheme – under the heading of “Improving Consumer Protection”.

BEIS has quite clearly stated that it intends to implement the full finding from the Each Home Counts review. The proposal is to introduce a new ‘Quality Mark’ which has been led by industry with BEIS' support and is now overseen by TrustMark.

Following last week’s launch of PAS2035 and PAS2030, Elmhurst has launched its Retrofit Assessor and Retrofit Coordinator schemes in preparation for this new quality mark.

Stuart Fairlie, Technical and Operations Director at Elmhurst, stated “The industry looked at itself in quality terms, through the EHC review, and reported back 27 recommendations. From this, industry has then created a new PAS2035 (and updated PAS2030) document, and the new quality mark will now ensure that consumers are put back at the heart of energy efficiency measure improvements. ECO is the major funding mechanism for retrofit measures, and this important consultation will pave the way for a whole home approach to retrofit within ECO policy. We welcome this consultation and look forward to responding”.

The consultation concentrates on the following:

  • incorporating the TrustMark Government Endorsed Quality scheme into ECO3, as a route to demonstrating compliance with the most up to date relevant PAS standards and to ensure a sufficient consumer protection process and guarantees are in place
  • technical changes to the way First Time Central Heating is treated under the scheme
  • transitional Arrangements

We at Elmhurst will respond on behalf of our members and encourage anyone interested in fuel poverty policy and energy efficiency to do the same. The deadline is 6th August 2019.

For full details of the consultation click here

You can view our Retrofit Assessor and Coordinator training opportunities below: 

Retrofit Assessor 

Retrofit Coordinator  

Article published: 9th July 

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