Gas Safe Register

The Gas Safe Register is the only official gas registration body of gas businesses and engineers in the United Kingdom, Isle of Man and Guernsey. By law all gas businesses must be on the Gas Safe Register.

A gas engineer can only be aligned to a registered business and be issued with a license to undertake gas work on behalf of a registered business if they hold a valid and current qualification. This evidence of competence relates only to matters of gas safety and is obtained by every engineer through a recognised route of training and assessment (much as the DVLA issues driving licences to those who have demonstrated their competence by passing a driving test).

Registration is only given on the basis of the business having at least one gas safety qualified engineer. The Register is not a membership body or trade association.

The Register (and all services associated with it) are operated on behalf of the relevant Health and Safety Authority for each region in which it operates.

Gas Safe Register replaced CORGI as the only gas registration body in Great Britain and Isle of Man on 1 April 2009 and in Northern Ireland and Guernsey on 1 April 2010.

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As a business, we do not provide any gas engineering services and hence are not registered ourselves. However, we want to actively promote the importance of only ever using Gas Safe Registered engineers for all gas work, including servicing. Additionally, always check the details against the online register as unfortunately some cowboys falsely claim to be registered. The safety of your family, friends and neighbours depends on it!

Geothermal

Geothermal refers to heat energy from below the Earth’s surface. It is a sustainable, carbon free (ignoring extraction) energy resource that can be exploited for heating buildings and generating renewable electricity.

Geothermal energy has been exploited in some areas for as long as humans have been present. It is more common in areas with high volcanic activity. An example is Iceland where the majority of the national heat and electricity demand is met from geothermal resources. However, high volcanic activity is not required and many countries, including the UK, are developing these resources.

The methods of using geothermal energy depend upon the depth of the heat being exploited. Shallow systems are most common in the UK and usually exploit heat in the ground via heat pumps. The heat produced is used to heat buildings and provide hot water.

The deeper you go, generally the more heat is available to exploit. Below about 15m temperatures remain constant throughout the year allowing a sustainable and steady supply of heat to be exploited. Deep systems exploit this heat which is commonly used to boil water which can be used to generate electricity.

In many parts of the UK, ready made “holes” are available to access geothermal energy resources. These take the form of old mine workings which can be repurposed to provide renewable energy. Even though these resources are typically low grade (provide low temperature water), vast amounts of energy are potentially available.

In February 2020, the UK’s first district heating scheme using heat from mine water was approved. Seaham Garden Village in County Durham will consist of 750 affordable homes, 750 private homes, a school, shops, and medical and innovation centres.

Artist's impression of the Seaham Garden Village development, County Durham, UK
An artist’s impression of the Seaham Garden Village development