The environment sector in the UK and Ireland is rapidly expanding. Growth has become more apparent in recent years as Europe takes a leading role in the world in meeting targets in carbon emissions reduction.
Alongside directives and mandates, Government departments have introduced numerous incentives and schemes to help expand and drive the environmental economy forward. Gemserv continues to be involved at the very heart of some of these key initiatives.
In 2006 we were contracted to design and deliver training, accreditation, and consultant sourcing services for the Carbon Trust. Our support services included the design, development and delivery of an accreditation scheme for consultants and companies, skills verification and assurance. In 2008 we were awarded the role of licensee for the Micro-generation Certification Scheme (MCS), set up to certify micro-generation products and installation companies. By May 2012, the number of installation companies certified, grew rapidly to about 5000 and the certified product listing to over 8000.
The Energy Act 2011 includes provisions for the new Green Deal scheme. This is intended to reduce carbon emissions cost effectively by revolutionising the energy efficiency of British properties. The new financial mechanism for the Green Deal eliminates the need to pay upfront for energy efficiency measures. Instead it provides reassurances that the cost of the measures should be recovered by savings in the electricity bill.
Continuing our theme of implementing, administering and ensuring compliance with a number of Government programs, we are playing a central role in the governance arrangements for the new Green Deal Central Charge Database. We have also been awarded a contract with DECC for developing and finalising the Green Deal standard.