Environment 2050 competition winner

Back in 2000, Worcester Bosch launched the Environment 2000 Initiative, a competition where professionals could showcase their installations from an environmental perspective. This year the heating and hot water manufacturer has relaunched the competition with an eye to the future – Environment 2050. 

The aim of the Environment 2050 competition is to recognise those professionals in the heating industry who act sustainably and make informed choices when it comes to upgrading or creating a new installation of heating appliances and the first winner (the Q1 Environment 2050 boiler category winner) has now been announced – Paul Thirlwall from PT Plumbing & Heating Ltd in Hereford.  

“I found out about the competition when browsing on Facebook, and liked the message and idea behind it, so thought why not?” says Paul. “I always ensure I do the best job possible and was happy to showcase my work as I do enjoy the installations and ultimately delivering the best service to my customers. 

I’ve been self-employed for the last year since I launched PT Plumbing & Heating Ltd, so the timing of the competition win has been great for me, and hopefully will be a nice boost for my business being able to showcase my installation skills, and to be recognised by a manufacturer as highly accredited as Worcester Bosch. I am delighted to have been really busy since starting my own business and winning the Environment 2050 competition will be a great way to keep the momentum going.

Paul says that working sustainably is very important to him. “The future of the industry and the wider world depends on sustainability being prioritised,” he explains. “You only have to look around to see the impact non-renewable fuels have made to the planet. The industry is progressing towards greener innovations and renewable fuel sources and that will play a huge part in reaching net zero. 

“I think that hydrogen will be the fuel source of choice going forward as we prepare for the big jump in making things greener. Especially with the rising cost of living right now, it is an important part of our jobs to advise customers how they can save money on their bills in the long run and that will be by adopting greener technology. 

“Living sustainably is an investment as opposed to a cost and that needs to be articulated. Keeping things green and saving people money works hand in hand and is a win-win for all those involved.” 

Paul adds that he also has ambitions for his business to go greener as well. “I’m looking to get an electric van in the near future, naturally with this job, there is a lot of travelling so doing that in a more environmentally friendly way while providing homeowners with green technologies will help me play my part a little more.  In addition, we ensure that we recycle everything that we can and reduce wastage to a minimum.” 

Part of the prize includes £200 to be donated to a charity of the winner’s choosing and Paul has elected to donate the money to Hereford Saint Michael’s Hospice.

“It’s a local charity who do incredible work for the community,” he explains. “Over the years I have had family and friends who have been looked after by the charity and I can’t speak highly enough of how good they have been. They really are a special charity and the work they do for the community is amazing.”  

The next round of the Worcester Bosch’s Environment 2050 competition is now open to entries. More information about the competition and how to enter can be found here: https://www.worcester-bosch.co.uk/professional/environment-2050

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