We’re doing our bit for you
13th Jul 2020
Last week we had the mini-budget, the initial GD2 settlement, and the Energy Minister saying how enthusiastic he was personally, for a hydrogen gas network. These are strangely busy times as we come out of a pandemic and look ahead to the economic shock that is coming our way.
It’s with that view to 2021 that EUA took steps, immediately the lockdown hit, to plan for a financial tightening. We froze staff recruitment and left vacancies unfilled; staff have been told that there is no 2020 annual pay increase and discretionary expenditure has been restricted. The net effect is that we can make this promise to you, our members, that your 2021 membership subscriptions will be frozen at 2020 levels. It might only be a small item of expenditure in the overall running of your business, but we wanted to do our bit to help.
But as I indicated, the work hasn’t stopped. Far from it, in the last week we have launched two consumer facing documents which also protect our industry. Firstly, the Manufacturers’ Association of Radiators and Convectors (MARC), one of our divisions, launched “Buying the right radiator for your home” consumer guide.
This protects consumers against non-compliant products which will not deliver the heat output expected, bad for energy bills and the climate.
Secondly, the Heating and Hotwater Industry Council (HHIC), another division of EUA, produced our Heat Pump Charter.
This Charter again is designed to protect consumers from being given a poor heating solution, which in turn damages the reputation of the industry. It seeks to incorporate existing best practice and Government regulation to all heat pump installs not just a few.
As we come out of the Covid crisis, ensuring that consumer interest is at the heart of our work will be vital for our industry, adding to the challenges already posed by climate change and tougher regulation. EUA will continue to do our bit to help our members, the industry, and wider society.
Mike Foster, CEO