MCS is a mark of quality and demonstrates compliance to industry standards that companies strive to meet. It highlights to consumers that companies are able to consistently install or manufacture to the highest quality every time.
- Establishing the MCS as independent of government is aligned with BEIS’s strategy of enabling the renewables consumer markets to be sustainable in the long-term.
- This will help contribute to a renewable technology market that operates with minimal government intervention, allowing it to be more industry-led.
The MCS has been made independent of government.
Yes. BEIS sits on the Stakeholder Advisory Group, which also includes a range of industry and consumer stakeholders. The Stakeholder Advisory Group’s role is to offer advice to the Company regarding the running of the MCS. It will not have the capacity for decision-making, however. The directors of the Company will be responsible for decisions made.
- The Company and the Charity took over responsibility for the MCS following novation.
- The Company is the trading arm of the Charity and is responsible for the day to day running the MCS Scheme.
- In December 2017 Tim Lunel, Catrin Maby and Chris Roberts became directors of the MCS Company. These directors were selected by the MCS Charity and were appointed before novation in order to have a smoother transition period.
- The Charity is the sole member of the Company. The Charity is run by a board of trustees
- Not at all. The MCS has played an important part in the growth of the installation of renewables in homes and small businesses and remains an important component of developing the renewables market in the smaller-scale non-domestic and domestic sectors.
- Establishing the MCS as independent of government is aligned with BEIS’s strategy of enabling the renewables consumer market to be sustainable in the long-term.
It is a condition of eligibility on the RHI and FIT schemes that products and installers are certified against MCS standards (or equivalent) to ensure the quality of the installation and consumer protection
The novation of the MCS will not lead to a change in RHI and FITS legislation.
The MCS is working to implement the recommendation of the EHC implementation board that government endorsed schemes should work together to deliver Quality Mark, governed by a Master License Agreement or equivalent. For more information see http://www.eachhomecounts.com/each-home-counts-quality-mark-update-from-the-implementation-board/
The current versions of the MCS Standards are on Open Government Licence. The terms of the licence are available online: http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/doc/open-government-licence/version/3/
BEIS has transferred the assets comprising the MCS and the MCS fund – which was generated by payments from industry – to the MCS Charity.
- A BEIS representative will sit on the Stakeholder Advisory Group, whose role is to offer advice to the Company regarding the running of the MCS, but is not a decision-making body. BEIS will not own the MCS or make decisions regarding the scheme.
- It is still a condition of eligibility on the RHI and FIT schemes that products and installers are MCS certified and that installations are MCS certified (against the MCS Standards), or an equivalent.
Consumer protection remains a priority for the MCS Charity and MCS Company.
- The Charity is the sole member of the Company.
- It aims to fulfil a number of charitable objects, including
- educating the public about;
- promoting research about;
- improving the quality of;
- supporting the development of standards for; and
- raising confidence and consumer awareness of
renewable energy and low carbon technologies.
The Company is responsible for the day-to-day running of the MCS Scheme.
The SAG advises the Company regarding the running of the MCS. It does not have a decision-making role. The directors of the Company are responsible for decisions made.
- The Company, who run the MCS, will decide who delivers the scheme going forward.
- BEIS novated its current contract with Gemserv to the Company as part of the transfer process.