Attendance at the opening ceremony of Mitsubishi Electric's Heat Pump Installation Training Centre (15th May 2024)

On the 15th of May, Consul General Tadashi Fujiwara attended the opening ceremony of the Heat Pump Installation Training Centre at Mitsubishi Electric's factory in Livingston, Scotland and delivered a congratulatory speech. The opening ceremony was attended by Mr. Taro Hattori, President of Mitsubishi Electric Air Conditioning Systems Europe, Scottish Government Minister for Higher and Further Education and Minister for Veterans, Mr. Graeme Dey, as well as many representatives from the private sector. On the day of the event, Consul General Fujiwara and Minister Dey unveiled a commemorative plaque before visiting the training centre.
Home heating and hot water supply are major factors in carbon dioxide emissions, and the UK government has set a target of introducing 600,000 heat pumps per year by 2028. The Scottish government strategy outlines that at least 124,000 systems installed between 2021 and 2026 and a peak at over 200,000 new systems per annum in the late-2020s is necessary to realise a society with zero greenhouse gas emissions.   
Mitsubishi Electric's Livingston factory, which celebrates its 31st anniversary this year, employs approximately 2,000 people to produce air conditioning units run by heat pump technology, using air heat to produce heating or cooling effects. To achieve the targets set by both the UK and Scottish governments however, it is imperative to train personnel to manufacture and install these units. The newly opened training centre is expected to train 1,000 people a year as accredited heat pump installers and to contribute to the further spread of heat pumps and toward the realisation of a net-zero society.