MCS and TrustMark have announced today an intention to work together, marking a step change in collaboration and data accessibility.
TrustMark, the Government Endorsed Quality Scheme for tradespeople, and the Microgeneration Certification Scheme (MCS), the certification scheme for low-carbon technology, will work to enhance the complementary elements of both Schemes.
The two organisations will support the development of a comprehensive reference database for homes, to include renewables. TrustMark plans to develop a Data Warehouse and consumer access portal complemented by data captured in the MCS Installations Database (MID). The MID holds detailed records of over one million renewable energy installations in UK homes and small businesses.
The two organisations will work together to simplify their respective membership processes to better support those tradespeople who benefit from either Trustmark or MCS membership.
This announcement comes in response to recommendations from the Each Home Counts review in 2015 which investigated consumer advice, protection, standards and enforcement around home energy efficiency and renewable energy measures.
Simon Ayers, CEO of TrustMark, said: “The UK has a target of cutting greenhouse gas emissions by 80 per cent relative to 1990 levels by 2050. The need to create more momentum in the industry, empowering tradespeople and consumers alike, is key to hitting that target.
“This is an exciting step for both organisations which will make sense to the sectors that we both support. Ultimately both Trustmark and MCS are striving for quality assurance and consumer protection, so it is a natural fit to collaborate for the benefit of the wider industry.”
Ian Rippin, CEO of MCS, added: “Closer working between the two schemes will be critical to enhancing the UK’s prospects of meeting our carbon budget emissions targets.
“Trustmark and MCS complement each other and our shared ambition is to improve access to both schemes for consumers and tradespeople. At the heart of this new way of working is a desire to help make sense of certification in home improvements to enable our industry to thrive. This supports our mission at MCS to give people confidence in low-carbon energy technology by defining, maintaining and improving quality.”