Employees hold the key to net zero success, says Ideal Heating Director

A Director of Ideal Heating has told a major sustainability event that educating and involving employees is vital to the success of the drive to net zero.

Ideal Heating’s Domestic Product Director, Lizzie Wilkinson, joined a panel of business leaders at the launch of The Waterline Summit 2023, the Humber region’s largest decarbonisation event.

The event focused on the progress made by businesses, large and small, to decarbonise their operations, as well as challenges presented by the net zero transition.

Lizzie spoke about the work Hull-based Ideal Heating has done to involve its employees in the company’s sustainability journey.

Initiatives include the launch of an employee carbon calculator, enabling staff members to understand and positively impact their personal carbon footprint, and heat pump awareness training.

As the UK leader in both the domestic and commercial heating markets, Ideal Heating is driving the industry’s low carbon transition through its products, training and industry support.

The business is investing £60m at its National Avenue site in Hull, with a focus on the manufacturing, distribution and development of low carbon heating products, such as heat pumps.

The developments include plans recently approved for a new UK Technology Centre – a research and development facility dedicated to developing the heating solutions of the future.

Earlier this year Ideal Heating also opened its National Training and Technology Centre in East Yorkshire – an industry-leading facility dedicated to tackling the shortage of heating engineers qualified to work with heat pumps.

Lizzie told the event: “As a company, we’re diversifying our product portfolio to include heat pumps and similar low carbon solutions.

“A big part of our activity is centred on our people – making sure they’re aware of the work we’re doing and are very much part of that sustainability journey.

“We’ve also been actively upskilling our team, including our service engineers, so they can work with heat pumps and similar products. It’s an approach that runs right across our business and all of our operations.”

Delivered by Future Humber and the University of Hull, The Waterline Summit is the Humber region’s largest decarbonisation event, helping to unlock opportunities for clean growth and for the region to lead the UK’s green industrial revolution.

Lizzie joined The Waterline Summit launch event panel alongside experts from UK holiday homes leader Willerby, medical tech manufacturer Smith+Nephew, the University of Hull and eco-friendly household product specialist The Bio-D Company.

Hosted by Deb Oxley OBE, Founding Director of Oxley Works, the event also highlighted the importance of initiatives such as the Oh Yes! Net Zero campaign – a collaboration of businesses and organisations committed to the drive to net zero.

Lizzie told the event: “There is no single solution to decarbonising homes and businesses. It will be a blend of technologies and low carbon solutions which are needed to make it happen.

“At Ideal Heating, we’re well positioned to drive that change. We’ve got the expertise and decades of experience in the UK heating industry to develop these products and get them into homes and businesses.”

To read more about Ideal Heating’s commitment to sustainability, including a recent visit from Energy Minister Lord Callanan, visit www.idealheating.com/blog/showcasing-our-investments-in-a-green-future-to-energy-minister-lord-callanan