MARC calls for radiator scrappage scheme

The Manufacturers’ Association of Radiators and Convectors (MARC) believes a ‘radiator scrappage scheme’, similar to the successful programme to encourage boiler replacement, can help boost the UK’s green agenda.

MARC calls for radiator scrappage scheme

MARC‘s research showed 20% of homes in the UK still have radiators without convectors. This means that these homes can quickly and simply benefit from greater energy efficiency, by replacing these with more modern steel panel radiators.

Now, the organisation’s chairman has written to Ed Davey MP, Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, proposing the scrappage scheme*.

The convectors increase heat emission from the radiators by up to 45%, compared to those without any additions.

The boiler scrappage scheme was a success with 118,249 householders taking advantage of the opportunity to improve their heating systems and reduce their heating bills.

MARC chairman John Colling, said: “Making simple updates and improvements to home heating systems could save householders money and prove to be a much more efficient way of heating their homes, with the added benefits that brings to the environment. Just like with replacement boilers, switching older radiators for newer, more efficient models, can make a big difference and should be encouraged by the Government.

“A radiator scrappage scheme would help encourage improved efficiency and safety in the home by removing radiators that are over 30 years old for new efficient modules.

“As an industry, we would be willing to discuss the benefits of this with the Government, because we believe there is too little understanding of the ability of radiators to efficiently heat a home in this era of focus upon the environment. When you consider the relatively low cost of replacing radiators like-for-like, it makes sense to encourage home owners to consider this option.”

MARC represents more than 90% of the UK radiator market. Its membership includes:

· Rettig Group: Myson, Purmo, Vogel &Noot

· ISG: Stelrad, Henrad

· Quinn: Quinn Radiators, Merriott

· Zehnder Group: Bisque, Zehnder

· Kudox

About Fiona Russell-Horne

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