SNIPEF manifesto calls for plumbing and heating sector support in move towards net zero

The SNIPEF Manifesto calls for support for the sanitary and heating sector towards net zero

Fiona Hodgson

As the Scottish general election looms, the Scotland and Northern Ireland plumbing employers’ association (SNIPEF) has issued a manifesto setting out the steps the new government must take to help create a profitable and sustainable construction industry.

The comprehensive document, which supports the government’s will to move swiftly to serious reductions in CO2 emissions, is intended to alert lawmakers to the need to recognize the issues that the Federation has consistently advocated.

It also highlights the importance of the role the plumbing and heating industry will play on the path to zero as its employees have the theoretical and practical skills to provide heat decarbonization services.

The influential trade organization, representing more than 700 companies and more than 5,000 plumbing and heating professionals in Scotland and Northern Ireland, highlights four key areas in its manifesto, each of which outlines the action to be taken. They are:

  • Net Zero. Qualification support; professional recognition; Demand stimulus; Incentives for consumers; Retrofitting of energy efficiency measures; future labor guarantees; and VAT discounts for home repairs and energy efficiency measures.
  • Employment. Diversity and inclusivity; increased funding for apprenticeships; Employment incentives for employers; Support in further training; Apprentice loan; and the introduction of a mental health mentor for the construction industry.
  • Fair work. Legislation for project bank accounts; 30-day payment terms for public sector contracts; Acceptance of the promise to avoid conflict; Protection of cash ties; and sourcing on a life-long rather than a lowest cost basis.
  • Protection of property. Advice on professional recognition; Establishment of a working group to ensure the safety of plumbing work.

Fiona Hodgson, managing director of SNIPEF, said, “We believe this manifesto is critical to building a resilient and sustainable building landscape where plumbing and heating companies can develop, compete and thrive.

“As a federation, we wholeheartedly support the political will for rapid decarbonisation, and it is of the utmost importance that the critical role of the plumbing and heating sector in this transition is recognized.

“Our member firms have played a huge role throughout the pandemic by continuing to do important work, but many have struggled financially by restricting their activities and keeping their workforce and the public safe.

“Adoption of these action points is not only desirable but could also be critical to ensuring that the plumbing and heating sector can meet the demands placed on it as we move towards a carbon-free future.”

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