New energy consultant register to launch as Carbon Trust closes scheme
Energy efficiency news – by GreenWise staff
9th March 2012
Two professional membership bodies for the energy sector have joined forces to launch a register of accredited consultants for businesses looking for advice they can trust on saving energy and cutting bills.
The Energy Institute
(EI) and the Energy Services and Technology Association
(ESTA) are creating the Register of Professional Energy Consultants
as a free-to-use directory of energy efficiency
expertise. They said it would give energy consumers access to a broad range of specialist, highly qualified advice.
The new service is being launched in the face of continuing energy price increases and more compliance issues, such as the Carbon Reduction Commitment (CRC) and Climate Change Agreements. It will fill the gap left by the Carbon Trust consultant accreditation scheme, which is being closed following a cut in the not-for-profit company’s budget.
High level of service
Sarah Beacock, International and Professional Affairs director, EI, said, businesses could be confident the consultants on the register "are capable and expert.
"The EI is the accrediting body for the energy industry and the consultants on this register will have been carefully assessed before their membership is confirmed. All of them are highly qualified, usually to chartered status or equivalent. They have the extensive training, knowledge and in-depth experience to provide expert guidance to any organisation," she said. Those on the register sign up to a Professional Code of Conduct to guarantee customers a high level of service.
Alan Aldridge, executive director, ESTA, added: "The consultants on this register have the practical experience as well as the technical expertise to ensure that the recommendations they make are relevant, practical and tailored to the needs of the particular organisation. This register will help energy users find the people that can help them to make savings."
A spokesperson for the Carbon Trust confirmed the organisation was closing its consultant accreditation scheme.
"The consultant accreditation scheme has been running for five years to assists the Carbon Trust with technical expertise for Government-funded customer energy efficiency
surveys. The Government is no longer providing the funded surveys in England and has also withdrawn funding for the accreditation scheme. As a result, the Carbon Trust is closing the scheme," he said.
The EI and ESTA register is due to go live by early summer.
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