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Sustainability Policy & Advice

There is a growing sub-sector of energy saving and / low carbon technology installations, including both energy efficiency and renewable work in the UK due mainly to cost of energy and / the government’s carbon reduction target of reducing 80% emissions by 2050 (34% by 2020).



In addition to being known for quality and safety, you can be regarded as innovative and energy smart. All these labels can add value and a positive reputation to your company. 

This section contains information on domestic premises policy drivers, so please explore the boxes below to find out more.


Clients and Specifiers are engaging and increasingly demanding 'low energy' solutions.  This means business opportunities for registered members in using existing technologies to reduce the carbon impact of energy use and installing efficient electrical installations in both new and existing commercial and public sector buildings.   Microgeneration energy which supplies the building to directly reduce the energy demand is also an increasing opportunity for members.
Please view the boxes below to explore this opportunity and find out more.

Also available exclusively to ECA Members, the Energy Solutions helpline provides advice on what businesses can do to take advantage of the ever-growing ‘low to no’ carbon opportunities, as well as practical advice on the choice, design, installation and maintenance of energy efficiency and renewables solutions.

The helpline number is 020 7313 4867. Please note you may be required to provide your Member number.


Sample Environmental Policy
Environmental policy template for ECA members.
Corporate Social Responsibility Policy
Draft policy template for ECA Members. Please note: what the policy actually says will clearly have to link to what the company aims to do

Feed-in tariffs (FITs) were introduced in April 2010.  They are a Government scheme that allows payments to be made from the energy provider to domestic householders who install, and connect to the national grid, microgeneration technologies which are under a 5MW capacity including the following technologies;

•    Wind
•    Solar Photovoltaic (PV)
•    Hydro
•    CHP

The tariffs provide an opportunity to ECA members who can demonstrate a knowledge and expertise in the supply and installation of these micro renewable energy sources.  Particularly as members who work in the domestic sector have regular contact with potentially interested householders, you are well positioned to take advantage of this domestic market.

FITs are continually decreasing.  For the absolute latest information, please ensure you visit the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) or the Office of Gas and Electricity Markets (Ofgem) website. There are currently deployment caps on tariffs and there may be a wait to get on to the scheme.

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Energy Policy, Smart Meters

Between now and 2020 (see latest Government timetable section) the government has legally obliged energy utility companies with the responsibility for ensuring to install ‘smart’ electricity and gas meters’ in 27 million UK households and some three million small businesses. 

Unlike standard, existing ‘dumb’ meters, smart meters measure, display and communicate real-time energy data, including real-time energy costs.

A smart gas and electricity smart meter costs about £180. The cost will be recouped through the suppliers’ bills.

DECC estimates that the roll-out to households and small businesses will:
cost £11bn overall. However, a DECC impact assessment says smart meters will save approximately £18bn overall, resulting in a £7.0bn net benefit by 2020 (figures expressed as present value – the current worth of future savings). The bulk of these savings will come from reduced household energy use.
save approximately 1.5 million tonnes of CO2 per year by 2020 from reduced electricity use (and 1.7Mt per year by 2020 from reduced gas use).  

Smart meters will send customers’ energy usage data to the supplier. DECC’s intention is that ‘existing suppliers and new entrants’ can use the detailed energy data gathered by smart meters to offer energy management services. This could include personalised energy saving advice, based on an analysis of a household’s energy use patterns and comparing consumption with similar households.  The programme of smart meter installation is expected to start in earnest in 2016.
The RHI aims to provide long term financial support (in a similar way as Feed-in Tariffs works for electrical renewables) for renewable heat technologies, from household solar thermal panels to commercial wood pellet and heat pumps. 

All heat generating technologies, apart from Air Source Heat Pumps are covered by the RHI. Both domestic and commercial buildings are eligible for the RHI

RHI news & information

•    Visit the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy website
•    See ECA Member Downloads on Sustainability and Environment
•    To get RHI information as it emerges, sign up to or explore the ECA Energy Solutions Forum.