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REAL Code becomes Renewable Energy Consumer Code (RECC)

Posted by Cathy Debenham on 18 April 2013 at 9:21 am

The consumer code for the domestic renewable energy sector has changed its name from the ‘REAL Consumer Code’ to the ‘Renewable Energy Consumer Code’ (RECC). The new name better describes the nature and purpose of the Code, and better reflects the fact that the Code is just one of several schemes operated by Renewable Energy Assurance Ltd (REAL).

Anyone installing a microgeneration system of up to 50kW, who wishes to receive the feed-in tariff, or a renewable heat system should ensure that their installer is accredited by MCS and a member of RECC.

The Code is one of the first to be approved by the Trading Standards Institute (TSI) since it took over responsibility for approving consumer codes from the Office of Fair Trading on 1 April 2013. Code members are entitled to use the Scheme logo developed by TSI.

Administration of the Code remain will be the same, and the previous name for the rest of the year while REAL updates its materials and while Code members and stakeholders have a chance to update theirs and adjust to the new name. Code members’ materials and certificates showing the old logo will remain valid for the rest of 2013.

As well as the Renewable Energy Consumer Code, REAL also administers the Biofertiliser Certification Scheme, the Green Gas Certification Scheme , in the anaerobic digestion sector; the Compost Certification Scheme, Compostable Packaging Certification and ‘Home Compostable’ Certification in the organics recycling sector [5]; and is responsible, as part of the Green Deal Oversight and Registration Body with Gemserv, for the Green Deal Code of Practice. REAL will shortly be launching its own website, distinct from the RECC website, with links to all the schemes it runs.


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