Mount Wellington Mine - recent aerial photo

As the country’s leading ground source heat pump supplier based in Truro, we are thrilled about the announcement of the upcoming G7 summit in Cornwall this June. It is a proud moment for the county.

‘Ingenuity & resourcefulness of the Cornish’

On Kensa’s reaction to the G7 Summit coming to Cornwall, Simon Lomax, CEO of the Kensa Group, says:

We are delighted that the prime minister has chosen Cornwall as the venue for the upcoming G7 summit. The event will showcase to the world the many local businesses who have prospered in the low-carbon sector thanks to the ingenuity and resourcefulness of the Cornish, first demonstrated during the early years of mineral mining.

It is entirely appropriate that the prime minister has highlighted the need for a further ‘green revolution’, and there is no better place than Cornwall to demonstrate the tangible progress being made towards the government’s ambitious carbon reduction targets, ahead of the COP26 climate change conference being held in Glasgow later this year.

Prime Minister welcomes Cornwall as ideal G7 location

When announcing Carbis Bay, St Ives, as the venue for June’s G7 summit, Prime Minister Boris Johnson, said:

Two-hundred years ago Cornwall’s tin and copper mines were at the heart of the UK’s industrial revolution, and this summer Cornwall will again be the nucleus of great global change and advancement.

Kensa clearly evidences this progression. Established in 1999, and based at the former Mount Wellington Mine tin mine just outside of Truro, we have pioneered the adoption of ground source heat pumps –  a renewable technology used to provide heating and hot water to all types of properties. Now with 50% market share, Kensa has added over 60 local jobs in the past year, and is planning to recruit many more skilled individuals over the coming months to meet demand.

Heat pump ambitions & local workforce

Using heat stored in the ground, heat pumps deliver ultra-low-carbon heat, and their widespread adoption was mentioned in the Prime Minister’s 10-point-plan for a low carbon future published last autumn.

Simon Lomax continues:

The government has set a challenging target to eliminate carbon emissions by 2050, and has indicated it would like to see 600,000 heat pump installations per year by 2028, as properties move away from fossil fuel heating.  To deliver on this ambition, it is essential that government develops long-term policies which allow companies like Kensa Group to plan for further growth in Cornwall and beyond.

Whilst world leaders will marvel at the stunning Cornish landscapes, the region remains one of the poorest in the UK, so it is vital that local employers creating jobs are supported by all stakeholders with an interest in the region’s prosperity.

Cornwall was once at the core of the UK’s industrial revolution, yet being the G7 Summit’s choice of venue now portrays its key role in the 21st-century green industrial revolution.

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