Key industry suppliers, policy makers and representatives from the gas and electricity industry attended a recent keynote speech at Westminster that focussed on the upcoming Green Deal.

Hosted by the All Party Parliamentary Gas Safety Group and sponsored by Ascertiva, parent company of NICEIC, the event featured a presentation from minister for energy and climate change, Greg Barker (pictured), David Thorne, chief executive of Gemserve, the Green Deal Oversight Body and Ascertiva’s new group chair Ann Robinson.

Barker outlined the opportunities Green Deal would present for householders, installers and industry alongside the important role certification bodies would play in maintaining standards.

He also stressed the need for safety to ensure the consumer has confidence in the Green Deal. He said, “Safety in the home is a concern. We must educate the wider consumer about these dangers. The government must ensure that safety is built into the framework and that the industry has the adequate skills to deliver it.”

NICEIC is one of a few organisations selected by the UK Accreditation Service (UKAS) to provide Green Deal certification, and it can now offer certification to any business wishing to become a Green Deal installer.

“This was a great opportunity for NICEIC to get in front of some highly influential people relating to Green Deal and discuss the role we can play to ensure Green Deal is a success for everyone,” added NICEIC’s commercial director Matt Gantley.