Surely we need a 'refrigerant road map' before we have a license? This is another meaningless agreement aimed at funding another short-sighted project. Would have been far been understanding the problem first rather than offering a solution that probably isn't one.
I like David's proposal of a global alliance for trade and professional bodies. At least then there may be some cohesion and combined information gathering and sharing rather than some just shooting from the hip as appears to be the case here.
Thanks Jason for raising this. I probably wouldn't have even noticed this news item, and I certainly wouldn't have given it a second thought if it hadn't have been for your opening comment.
Comment on: Working Hand in Hand
The new industry mentoring scheme is potentially huge. A really game changer. Industry should get behind this as it is the most significant initiative this industry has seen for years. Truly ground breaking
By the way, I have also been a regular reading of Anon's pieces for years. You don't know what you have been missing Dave.
Good point Jason.
When a gunman opens fire at a school the gun lobby are quick to point out that guns can be used for good and bad. They are not responsible if someone uses their product against society instead of for the good of it. An emotional subject but they have a point
With all our industry acknowledging that display cases are far more efficient when fitted with doors, and that continuing to using use cabinets without doors is one of the most environmentally damaging practices in terms of energy wastage known in modern society, it says a lot about this RAC industry that we then seek and gain funding from Government to continue to the practise.
We are putting the gun into the hands the environmental criminals.
We know the damage it is causing but then excuse our actions as being energy efficient.
As an industry we should be raising awareness not simple ways that we can reduce environmental impact of our products not seek state support for a practise that should be as socially unacceptable as smoking in a restaurant now is.
Well said Jason.
This news item is a shameless use of spin, so full of political rhetoric that it would be better featuring in a election manifesto than in RAC.
Do they hold the RAC industry readers in such low regard that they think they play with such a serious subject?
The use of the word 'Commission' is totally misleading. It suggests that this is some formal government backed body, as does the name dropping use of having a Lord on it.
As Robin Teverson says on his own blog:" I was pleased to be asked by the University of Birmingham to chair a new commission they are setting up." So it is something that Birmingham University are doing with the aim to attract funding. Calling it a 'Commission' is intentionally misleading.
The insights, the talk of joined-up approach all appear to be shallow and self centered.
And Jason is right: do we need yet another academic forging its own path and dividing not uniting this industry? I am all in favour of the valuable research that universities undertake and grateful when they turn their attention to this industry but honestly, why can't it be better coordinated through the IOR or ACRIB? We have a professional body, we have a trade body, so we need this false commission and new Birmingham Institute of Energy as well? Frankly, they may do, but I don't think constant division and going off at tangents helps this industry at all
Lets get back to basics and have a strong IOR and a strong Trade association. That is all we need if we are to ever be taken seriously.
Comment on: Enforcement is the key to proper regulation
Fantastic comment Jason. A really good read. Do you really think that FIDO and our other trade bodies can work together to achieve this? What do you think to Andrew's suggestion of a LeakStoppers phone line?