The Chartered Institute of Plumbing & Heating Engineering (CIPHE) has set up a new working group to look at the issues surrounding the renewable energy market.

The CIPHE believes changes to the law mean there is more pressure than ever before on the industry to cut emissions. Domestic heating accounts for the largest percentage of carbon emissions and the pressure is on the industry to lead the way in introducing new renewable technologies.

Keith Westcott, chief executive of the Lafarge J.V. Thermoplane, is to chair the group which is to monitor emerging technologies and advise members. The newly-created body is also keen to debate renewable energy and advise the government on policy.

“The overwhelming response from our members has been very positive,” said Westcott. “We recognise the importance of education, communication and interaction with the UK's heating and plumbing installer and contractor network, especially at this time.

“We also want to make the best use of the vast knowledge of our members and relay the information back to the industry and to outside organisations,” he added.

“The complex nature of the renewable sector from the point of view of a tradesman can be intimidating due to many factors. We want to help our members get to grips with all the important issues and new technologies.

“Through our quarterly meetings and regular updates, we will be looking to inform and educate plumbing and heating contractors. We also want to place ourselves at the centre of the interaction and conversations between the installers of renewable technologies and all other industry sectors."

The first meeting of the new advisory group is due to take place on 10 January at Lafarge Cement offices in Solihull, Birmingham.