The Green Pivot

The Green Pivot

The demand for low carbon and energy saving solutions is increasing due to the rising cost of energy and the UK’s commitment to reach net zero carbon by the year 2050.

There are many new opportunities for the electrical contractor. For example, electrification of transport and electrification of heat.


With the sales of internal combustion vehicles ending in 2030, electric vehicle ownership is increasing along with the demand for electric vehicle charge points. City and Guilds have three new EV charging installation training units that include “Design and Installation of Domestic and small commercial electric vehicle charging installations” and “Installation and Maintenance of largescale electric vehicle charging installations”.

There will also be increased opportunities to expand the electrification of the rail networks as currently 62% of the lines need updating.

Shipping ports mostly use diesel and gas plants and are responsible for double the emissions of CO2 currently created by the railways. Therefore, electrical installation work will need to increase in order to update the systems currently in place.


There are 2 main options of electrification of heating. Heat pumps and direct electrification of heating. Both should be used alongside a fabric first approach that aims to reduce the thermal demands of a building.

The government’s 10-point plan states that 600,000 heat pumps need to be installed every year by 2028. This will increase the demand for installers. Heat pump installations involve plumbing and heating engineer’s skills but there are also many electrical controls involved. Evaluation of the suitability of the supply to the building and connection will also need to be assessed. ECA propose 2 options to complete these jobs– in house heating engineers or cross train installers that can complete the full job or -to partner with a heating engineering company for the “wet” works.

Microgeneration Certification Scheme (MCS) and Trustmark

The installer must have MCS certification to be able to tender and install Solar PV, Solar Thermal, Heat Pumps (ASHP/GSHP) for publicly funded works. They must also be certified under PAS 2030(2019+A1:2022) and PAS 2035 (2019+A1:2022).


ECA members can obtain Trustmark for electrical works. Certain technologies, for example PV will need additional training and certification.

There are a few things we need to consider in the future.

These include-

- reviewing the various technologies and services we can offer.

- taking relevant industry training courses

-considering MCS certification

-registering with Trustmark regarding the relevant technologies you wish to install

- gaining certification for PAS 2030 as an installer or PAS 2035 for various other roles

- partnering with a plumbing company for the wet heating aspect


There are many new and exciting opportunities within the “Green Economy” .It is something we should be ready for to move our business forward.