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A Message from Lord Pickles and Lord Blunkett, followed by Vaillant Group's best practice article

The ability to listen and learn from one another has always been vital in parliament, in business and in most aspects of daily life. But at this particular moment in time, as national and global events continue to reiterate, it is uncommonly crucial that we forge new channels of communication and reinforce existing ones. The following article from Vaillant Group is an attempt to do just that. We would welcome your thoughts on this or any other Parliamentary Review article.

Blunkett signature Rt Hon The Lord David Blunkett
Pickles signature Rt Hon The Lord Eric Pickles

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KlausJesse, managing director UK
& Ireland
aroTHERM heat pump
For more than 140 years, Vaillant has been setting the
standards in the heating market by creating products that
have revolutionised the industry. These span from the very
first iteration of the water heater, first produced in the early
1900s, all the way through to their pioneering of the “combi”
boiler over 35 years ago. Managing director Klaus Jesse elaborates
on Vaillant’s journey, and looks at where they want to go next.
We are proud to be leading the way in low-carbon technologies and developing
systems that utilise sustainable energy sources. As a result, our customers can enjoy
simple, healthy and energy-efficient solutions to their heating and hot-water needs.
As one of Europe’s leading heating technology manufacturers, “thinking ahead”
is a culture that we embrace across all levels of the business. Our products match
high efficiency with low emissions to both conserve energy and improve air quality.
The entire Vaillant range comes with an enviable reputation for performance,
quality and reliability.
We invest heavily in new technologies to support the UK government’s ambitious
target to reduce carbon emissions, and recognise that there is no “silver bullet”
when it comes to mitigating the environmental impact of burning fossil fuels.
Instead, we are now focusing on a range of varied heating and hot-water solutions,
which can be paired with the specific needs of each building.
New focus
We believe that the decarbonisation of heating and hot water will prove to be an
integral part of meeting carbon reduction targets.
»Managing director UK &
Ireland: KlausJesse
»Established in 1874
»UK headquarters in Belper,
»Services: Manufacture of hot-
water and heating solutions
for domestic and commercial
»No. of employees: Over
12,000 worldwide
»Introduced the combi boiler to
the UK market
Vaillant Group
The process towards a future low-
carbon energy mix will be a transitional
journey that will embrace a range
of solutions. One such example is
that of green gas, which will utilise
the existing nationwide distribution
infrastructure to provide a flexible
energy source. To truly change things,
however, we will also have to look
at an increasing number of electric
solutions: the use of heat pumps,
The drive towards low-carbon heating
and hot water will naturally have to
involve buildings in both the domestic
and commercial sectors, and, for this
reason, we are looking to provide
system-based solutions that cater
for private and social housing, new
builds and existing building stock
across both the residential and light
Low-carbon solutions are no longer
seen as a niche option, and their
growing adoption, both on and off
gas, requires a flexible, system-based
approach. This will become more
prevalent as technology develops
further; solutions such as heat pumps
will become more regularly installed
alongside solar photovoltaic and
battery storage systems, with home
energy management and different
types of tariff emerging within the
energy supply market.
Innovations geared towards lowering
the environmental impact of energy
usage are being developed across
our product portfolio, to ensure
that we can offer efficient, fresh
and sustainable solutions for our
customers. Our development of the
geoTHERM mini – the world’s first
wall-hung ground source heat pump –
is testament to this.
New product development alone,
however, will not achieve our national
decarbonisation targets, and future
policies must be underpinned by
certain guiding principles:
1. Reducing waste energy and energy
2. Utilising energy generated from
sustainable low-carbon sources
3. Future-proofing new-build
properties to save expensive and
difficult refits in future.
Integrated energy solutions
A fixation on a single technology in the
heating sector, such as an “all-electric
scenario”, is the wrong approach.
This attitude does not easily provide
cost-effective and convenient solutions
across the wide variety of building
types that exist in the UK.
Instead, the future lies in a variety
of solutions, including biofuels, the
use of hydrogen for heating and
industrial processes, and, of course,
the electrification of heating. At this
time, though, it would be foolhardy
to opt for a single “silver bullet”; to
truly achieve a national integrated
energy solution, our sector needs an
open, technology-agnostic approach
and a policy framework that supports
UK manufacturing to become a world
leader in this area.
Vaillant UK HQ
A true,
energy system is
necessary, and
only through
technology will
we be able to
achieve this
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Energy management for
system optimisation
Digitalisation and interoperable
communication are vital within heating
systems of the future, and are equally
as important to the success of the
decarbonisation process. Through
the “internet of things” and product
digitisation, systems and services
can be optimised for both efficiency
and comfort within buildings. New
business models and tariff structures
will also help to shape the future of
decarbonised home heating.
Of course, the future will also see
greater integration of energy systems
as we come to terms with a veritable
plethora of ways to heat our home,
power our industry and fuel our cars.
A true, integrated energy system
is necessary, and only through
smart technology will we be able to
Low-carbon policy
There are many challenges in our
present energy situation which
require a secure, affordable and
sustainable supply, and a clear policy
framework will facilitate investment
in technology and manufacturing.
This is vital if decarbonisation of
heat, transport and industry is
to be appropriately supported
As a business, we are fully behind
the UK government’s “Clean Growth
Strategy”, and are actively involved
in shaping the heating sector for
the future, focusing, of course, on
efficient, low-carbon and consumer-
centred solutions. As policies in
this regard are further developed,
we must remember to put the
customer at the heart of all we do,
and bring them along on the road to
decarbonisation, as partners, rather
than end users.
Final thoughts
We fully support efforts to
decarbonise heating and hot water,
and believe this is vital if we are to
achieve targets set out by the UK
government. These targets can only
be achieved through industry and
government working in collaboration
to bring forward policy, incentives and
solutions that match the needs of UK
buildings and consumers.
Above all else, we must remember
that the pursuit of a new heating
solution is often left until an
incumbent system fails; going
forwards, industry and government
alike have to ensure that there is a
raft of products available, and that
the consumer is educated to recognise
that our common goal is achieved
with a simplicity that does not
inconvenience the end user.
Our common
goal is
achieved with
a simplicity
that does not
the end user
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This article was sponsored by Vaillant Group. The Parliamentary Review is wholly funded by the representatives who write for it. The publication in which this article originally appeared contained the following foreword from Rt Hon Kwasi Kwarteng.

Rt Hon Kwasi Kwarteng's Foreword For The Parliamentary Review

By Rt Hon Kwasi Kwarteng

This year’s Parliamentary Review reflects on a tumultuous and extraordinary year, globally and nationally. As well as being an MP, I am a keen student of history, and I am conscious that 2020 would mark the end of an era. It will be remembered as the year in which we concluded Brexit negotiations and finally left the European Union. Above all, it will be remembered as the year of Covid-19.

In our fight against the pandemic, I am delighted that our vaccination programme is beginning to turn the tide – and I pay tribute to the British businesses, scientists and all those who have helped us to achieve this. But the virus has dealt enormous damage, and we now have a duty to rebuild our economy.

We must ensure that businesses are protected. We have made more than £350 billion available to that end, with grants, business rates relief and our furlough scheme supporting more than 11 million people and jobs in every corner of the country, maintaining livelihoods while easing the pressure on employers. The next step is to work with business to build back better and greener, putting the net zero carbon challenge at the heart of our recovery. This is a complex undertaking, but one which I hope will be recognised as a once in a lifetime opportunity.

Through the prime minister’s ten point plan for a green industrial revolution, we can level up every region of the UK, supporting 250,000 green jobs while we accelerate our progress towards net zero carbon emissions.

With our commitment to raise R&D spending to 2.4% of GDP and the creation of the Advanced Research & Invention Agency, we are empowering our fantastic researchers to take on groundbreaking research, delivering funding with flexibility and speed. With this approach, innovators will be able to work with our traditional industrial heartlands to explore new technologies, and design and manufacture the products on which the future will be built – ready for export around the globe.

And I believe trade will flourish. We are a leading nation in the fight against climate change. As the host of COP26 this year, we have an incredible opportunity to market our low-carbon products and expertise. Our departure from the EU gives us the chance to be a champion of truly global free trade; we have already signed trade deals with more than 60 countries around the world.

As we turn the page and leave 2020 behind, I am excited about the new chapter which Britain is now writing for itself, and for the opportunities which lie ahead of us.
Rt Hon Kwasi Kwarteng
Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy