Microgeneration Certification Scheme

In 2006 the Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, BERR (now the Department of Energy and Climate Change, DECC) launched its Microgeneration Strategy, aimed at rapidly advancing microgeneration within the UK.

The Strategy raises awareness of microgeneration technologies and the role they can play in reducing carbon emissions and energy bills, addresses the barriers to entry into the marketplace and generates consumer confidence in the effectiveness of these products and services, both from a technological and cost perspective.

One key output from the Microgeneration Strategy was the establishment of the Microgeneration Certification Scheme (MCS), designed to independently certify microgeneration products and services in accordance with consistent standards.

The MCS places a requirement on products and installers to be certified in order to carry the MCS ‘mark', and installers to sign up to a Code of Practice in line with the Office of Fair Trading's Consumer Code of Approval Scheme.

BRE Global was appointed by BERR (now the Department of Energy and Climate Change, DECC) in 2006 on a two year contract to develop the Scheme and act as the initial Certification Body to certify products and installers to the developed Scheme standards. In November 2008, following the completion of the development phase, the Scheme began a new phase to operate as one that is funded and regulated by the microgeneration industry itself, rather than government.

The Scheme is led by a stakeholder Panel, comprised of representatives from the industry including certification bodies, government departments, trade associations and other interested parties. The development of new standards for the Scheme is undertaken by Technical Working Groups, to ensure that the Scheme stays up to date with technology and skill set developments.