Keston boilers MD calls for ‘stability’ in domestic heating sector

15th Jun 2010

The Managing Director of Bromley-based Keston boilers has called for more stability in the domestic heating sector and believes a new push by the UK Coalition Government to go green will help the home heating industry.

Nick Whitwell, who took the MD position at Keston in July 2008, has voiced concerns about cutting green initiatives like the Boiler Scrappage Scheme and said he’s looking for more investment in low carbon technology, like Keston’s energy efficient boilers.

He said: “The decision not to extend the boiler scrappage scheme is disappointing, especially as the new government is keen to be considered to be very green.

“There are still a high proportion of inefficient boilers out there that are not only costing consumers but impacting on the environment.

“Affordable technology can be an effective way of ensuring boilers run more efficiently.”

The Keston MD added that a consistency with the political party running the country would help create some stability for the domestic heating market as incentives and initiatives introduced by previous parties may not be favoured by the new government and therefore axed, leaving the industry and consumers in an unfavourable position.

”What the domestic heating sector really needs is a longer-term view and an extended period of stability,” Whitwell said.

“Political parties rarely get to run the country for more than a decade or so at a time and, as a result, we have been subjected to a political see-saw.

“The newly-elected government’s commitment to a fixed five-year Parliament will five the country the time to develop strategies that will benefit the industry as a whole.”

Whitwell also said he expected to see more initiatives breaking through to encourage customers to opt for low carbon technology. However, his comments come just a couple of weeks after the new Lib-Con government closed the Low Carbon Buildings Programme at the end of May – the grant funding to help pay for technologies like solar thermal hot water panels, like those available from Keston.

“The government’s push to be green will suit our industry, since it should lead to greater investment in environmental initiatives that will benefit those of us involved in developing and installing low carbon technologies.

“The coalition has also agreed to establish a green investment bank and is committed to promoting home energy improvement.”