Weekly column by EUA's Chief Executive

  • 21


    Delivery, delivery, delivery.

    21st Jun 2021

    When it comes to achieving Net Zero, what are the UK’s three priorities? Well, I think I gave a clue in the title, but how we deliv...

  • 14


    Eye-spy with my Private Eye, something beginning with ‘H’.

    14th Jun 2021

    I guess a number of you are familiar with the satirical magazine Private Eye, and I reckon if there was a copy lying around in a waiting...

  • 7


    Treasury limbering up for return to normal

    7th Jun 2021

    Last week we saw COVID recovery in education thrust into the spotlight. An independent report, commissioned by the Prime Minister, advoca...

  • 24


    Soviet-style production planning is back

    24th May 2021

    A few months ago, I heard a crazy idea that the Government were thinking about, wrote about it in my blog but didn’t seriously thin...

  • 17


    Taking back control

    17th May 2021

    You may know that EUA is working with Carbon Connect to pull together a paper on how to deliver Net Zero in the UK. The paper looks at go...

  • 10


    A glimpse into the real world

    10th May 2021

    During the past few weeks a stalwart band of individuals have been knocking doors, come rain or shine (this year snow and shine) as part...

  • 26


    Is a cliche I know, but a great way to decarbonise is to use less energy

    26th Apr 2021

    In the heated debate over which fuel to use to heat buildings, residential and non-domestic, a key policy area is often overlooked and th...

  • 19


    Sunny days, let’s have a BBQ.

    19th Apr 2021

    We’re in for a spell of warmer weather, Spring is definitely here and with outdoor Covid rules, dusting off the BBQ seems a great i...

  • 12


    A lesson from local government

    12th Apr 2021

    You may have noticed that campaigning is taking place for the local government elections – the 2020 postponed elections as well as...

  • 29


    Who is in charge?

    29th Mar 2021

    As the debate around differing technology options hots up, politicians and regulators need to step into the fray and decide exactly who i...

  • 22


    There’s a word for it.

    22nd Mar 2021

    Politicians get a bad press. As a recovering one, I have a degree of sympathy for them regardless of which Party they represent. One of t...

  • 15


    Whose rules are we playing by?

    15th Mar 2021

    When I first started work, a colleague was asked to timetable his day, and for a sizeable chunk he wrote “thinking time”. Now...

  • 8


    Budget word search comes up short

    8th Mar 2021

    Technology makes desk-top research easy. You simply open a document, such as the Treasury Red Book, type ‘ctrl F’ and search...

  • 1


    It needs repeating – again and again and again

    1st Mar 2021

    There’s a well-known political figure, let’s call him Bobby, who famously made the claim that “It is only when you&rsqu...

  • 22


    Climate change isn’t a game, it’s deadly serious.

    22nd Feb 2021

    You can’t have helped but notice that we’ve had a proper winter this year. Low temperatures, snow, ice in fact, the works. Ac...

  • 15


    It’s a question of values.

    15th Feb 2021

    Dropping into my inbox last week came a great offer – “Get a new boiler under the Green Homes Grant” with costs of up t...

  • 8


    If a carbon tax is your weapon of choice, wield it carefully

    8th Feb 2021

    Last week we saw media reports that the Government were looking more proactively at a carbon tax –across a whole range of products...

  • 1


    Tone deaf to the needs of real people?

    1st Feb 2021

    Last week I witnessed a senior executive from an energy supplier call for gas prices to be increased, artificially higher than now, to fo...

  • 25


    “A change is gonna come”

    25th Jan 2021

    After the inauguration of President Joe Biden, (I just love saying that phrase), it is fitting I use the words of American soul singer Sa...

  • 18


    What matters is marginal.

    18th Jan 2021

    I have a confession to make....

Mike Foster

EUA's Chief Executive