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MCS announces its independence from Government

Posted: 30 April, 2018. Written by Lorraine

The Microgeneration Certification Scheme (MCS) has announced that it is now independent of Government as of 25 April 2018. This is in line with government’s strategy of enabling the renewables market to be more sustainable in the long-term.

MCS has been transferred to the MCS Service Company Limited, and the MCS Charitable Foundation. 

In addition to setting and monitoring quality standards, the Charity works to raise public awareness of renewables through education and engagement programmes and by promoting study and funding research into renewable and low carbon technology in order to drive innovation and widespread adoption. The Charity is the sole member of the Company and is overseen by a board of trustees.

The MCS Company is the trading arm of the Charity and is responsible for the day to day running of the MCS Scheme.The new Directors of the Company are now formulating plans to develop the Scheme. They are keenly aware of the need for the Scheme to better protect consumers, further improve quality, and support these vital industries to grow. 

BEIS remains committed to the Scheme and will continue to engage in the activities of the MCS on an arm’s length basis through its role in 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.

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