For over a century ECA has worked for a fair electricity market.
In 2023, against the backdrop of escalating energy prices, fuel poverty and net zero targets, we draw on our history to offer viable energy policy solutions.
We collaborate with others to promote renewable power, energy efficiency and energy storage to deliver lower costs and greater energy security.
The electrotechnical and engineering services sector is worth £21bn. We represent our Members at government and industry bodies to influence energy-related initiatives and policies.
ECA is working for parity between gas and electricity levies to reflect the falling carbon intensity of electricity.
The UK has a legally binding target to make 78% reduction emissions by 2035 and become a net zero emitter by 2050.
To decarbonise the grid we need long term strategic incentives and consumer education about the benefits low carbon alternatives. Without a strategic plan which considers grid capacity and captures carbon use, measuring progress towards targets is a challenge.
Electrification of all UK transport, including rail, shipping and electric vehicles.
- To keep pace with the growing number of electric vehicles on our roads ECA is calling on government to deliver an electric vehicle charging strategy and investment in a nation-wide charge point network.
- To address inconsistent installation quality ECA is calling on energy suppliers to facilitate collective load control with Electric Vehicle charging point and other significant loads, onsite generation and storage.
- To address the Electric Vehicle Charging Point postcode lottery ECA is calling on local authorities to plan for and prioritise EVCP installation in their areas.
To reduce carbon emissions from extraction of materials, manufacture, repair, disassembly and disposal, is important to measure ‘embodied carbon’ in buildings. ECA is calling for:
- Mandatary assessment and reporting of whole life carbon on building projects over 1000m2 through Building Regulations by 2027.
- Mandatory labelling of products to define the ‘embodied carbon’ and energy or the embodied constituents.
- A national embodied and whole life carbon database.
To transform the UK energy landscape and reduce our reliance on imported energy, ECA calls for the introduction of smart energy prosumer systems for small scale energy producers to feed into the national grid including:
- Incentives for electrical energy storage systems, smart LED/electrical heating systems and battery storage.
- Incentives for Prosumers Electrical Installation using onsite generation (such as solar PV or localised wind generation) and electrical energy storage systems (EESS)
To address inequalities in gas and electricity levies, ECA is calling on government to:
- Review outdated fuel levies on fuel bill and bring parity to gas and electricity levies.
- Reduce levies on electricity to reflect to the falling carbon intensity of electricity.
To combat energy loss in 28 million homes and make the UK’s aging housing stock energy efficient, ECA is calling on government to:
- Adopt the CLC’s national retrofit strategy
- Establish an effective home insulation scheme.
- Promote air-to-air heat pumps as suitable for retrofit in older buildings.
- Expand the Boiler Upgrade Scheme to cover the installation of low carbon heating devices.
November 2023: ECA meets Shadow Minister for Roads and Transport to discuss EV charging infrastructure.
November 2023: ECA meets CEO of Climate Change Committee about implementation of UK 2035 net zero targets.
DNSNZ picks ECA to pitch ideas for Parliamentary Inquiry into electricity taxation. Read more >
May 2023: ECA is named as a finalist at the 2023 Unlock Net Zero Live Awards. Our Leading The Charge campaign is shortlisted within the Collaboration of the year - energy projects category. Read more >
April 2023: ECA meets Dr Alan Whitehead, Shadow Minister for Energy to discuss the issues that matter most to our Members. These include the skills crisis facing our industry and the importance of listening to electricians who are central to the delivery of mass electrification. Read more >
March 2023: ECA Member installs solar panels for Light Aircraft Company to save energy costs. Watch here >
February 2023: Technology Agnostic Approach to Heat and Buildings report launch in Houses of Parliament. Read more >
February 2023: ECA has broadly welcomed the creation of the new Government Department for Energy Security and net Zero. Read more >
November 2022: ECA wins CLC’s Construct Zero Partner of the year 2022. Read more >
November 2022: Renewable energy is the strategic solution to lowering energy costs and increasing efficiency and energy security.
October 2022: In response to the Review of the Electricity Market, ECA calls on government to encourage flexible, local initiatives which reduce demand on the grid and lower levies on generating green electricity.
September 2022: ECA documentary about the apprentices helping transform the energy market to net zero electricity. Screening at The Royal Society for an invited audience of industry, education and policy leaders.
September 2022: ECA launches Leading the Charge telling the story of a transformative moment, when electrotechnical professionals seize the potential of clean electricity to fulfil the UK’s net zero ambitions.
September 2022: ECA, alongside other key partners, sends an open letter to Liz Truss and Rishi Sunak – calling for the new PM to consider rebalancing taxes on fuel bills.
July 2022: ECA launches Making the Switch – calling for a rebalancing gas and electricity taxes on fuel bills.
June 2022: ECA joined 50 organisations from academia, business and charity who gave evidence to the Government’s Fossil Fuel Inquiry. We called for a National Retrofit Strategy and more investment in wind and solar. We also highlighted the need to rebalance unequal tax on gas and electricity to encourage the switch to low carbon electricity.
May 2022: Ahead of the local elections, Luke Osborne urges voters to make public EV charging roll out an election issue. Watch now >
April 2022: ECA points out energy efficiency is missing from the new Energy Security Strategy and urges government to focus on retrofitting UK’s aging housing stock
March 2022: ECA warns market-led approach may jeopardise the quality and safety of EV charge point installations.
March 2022: Chancellor removes VAT on renewable products - achieving one of ECA’s policy asks.
March 2022: Open letter to Chancellor with industry and renewable energy providers asking to remove VAT on renewable products.
February 2022: ECA presents data on patchy local authority approach to EVCP roll out.
February 2022: There can be no EV charge point network in the UK without an upskilled electrical workforce.
January 2022: Media partnership to document the transition to net zero electricity - leading the charge.
January 2022: ECA submits responses to phasing out the installation of fossil fuel heating in homes off the gas grid and a market based mechanism for low carbon heat.
January 2022: The Society of Motoring Manufacturers cites ECA data about regional inconsistencies in EV Charging points.
January 2022: Luke Osbourne appears in YouTube video stating ECA’s position on net zero.
October 2021: ECA gathers data about local authority plans for roll out of EV charging points.
July 2021: ECA raises alarm about the inconsistent approach to EV charging and calls for a national EV strategy.
April 2021: ECA responds to public consultations on EV Charging Points and Future Buildings Standards.