Plumbers merchant PTS showed two Members of Parliament round branches in Sussex to help encouraging the uptake of renewable energy technology.
Hove MP, Mike Weatherley and Brighton Kempton MP, Simon Kirby visited their local PTS trade counters to learn more about a range of technology and to discuss its wider importance to the UK economy with PTS managing director, Kelvin Stevens, and policy manager at the BMF, Brett Amphlett.
“It’s encouraging to see newly-elected MPs taking a keen interest in how renewable technologies can improve the UK economy as we believe that more Government support and incentives are needed to really make this sector take off.” said Stevens.
“This was a great opportunity for us to express our belief in the importance of taking emitted and embedded carbon out of buildings whilst communicating the concerns felt by the installers we talk to every day.
“As a nation we rate the worst in Europe for wasting energy, but by working with merchants like PTS, the Government can make renewable technologies more enticing for homeowners to adopt, which in turn provides a whole new revenue stream for the UK’s plumbing and heating installers.”
Mike Weatherley MP said: “We need to explain and persuade our constituents to carry out energy-saving work. With ever-increasing demand for electricity and other forms of energy, efforts on conservation and efficiency to combat fluctuating temperatures – and save money on bills – are incontrovertible”.
The day was another in the Builders Merchants Federation’s industry and parliament programme. Such visits bring MPs together with the building materials’ supply chain to gain insight and understanding of each others’ world.