OFTEC’s lobbying activities
OFTEC represents the views of its members through lobbies at the political institutions in the UK and the Republic of Ireland. Lobbying allows us to promote oil-fired products to politicians and civil servants in Westminster, Belfast and Dublin.
OFTEC has been active and influential in the following campaigns.
Bio-liquids and the Renewable Heat Incentive
The Renewable Heat Incentive ( RHI) is a major UK Government programme that is expected to be introduced in the Spring of 2014 to promote renewable heat in buildings. OFTEC is leading a campaign to have a new fuel made eligible for the RHI. The fuel concerned blends heating fuel with FAME bio-fuel, resulting in a product with lower carbon emissions that can be used in existing oil-fired systems with only minor changes to the system.
Promoting formal registration of technicians in the Republic of Ireland
OFTEC is working closely with the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) to ensure the reliability of grant-funded boiler installation work by requiring that all installers of new condensing boilers are members of a competent persons scheme.
Promoting carbon monoxide awareness
OFTEC has joined a scheme run by the gas industry to ensure prompt and full reporting of all carbon monoxide poisoning incidents.
Influencing technical legislation
OFTEC responds to all Government and other consultations relating to oil heating and cooking and has responded to the Part L consultation on the building regulations in Northern Ireland, and to the Part J building regulations review in the Republic of Ireland.