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DECC report shows major energy savings through efficiency

November 12th, 2012 | 3:11 pm

Changing the way energy is used across the UK could save up to 22 power stations-worth of energy by 2020, according to the Government’s Energy Efficiency Strategy published today. It could also help grow the economy could help boost growth and jobs.

The new Strategy is aimed at changing the way energy is used in sectors such as housing, transport and manufacturing over the coming decades. It also includes immediate action to kick start a revolution in UK energy efficiency, including:
• £39 million to fund five centres examining business and household energy demand.
• An energy efficiency labelling trial with John Lewis.
• A drive on financing energy efficiency for business and the public sector.

As well as a guide to help public sector organisations cut their energy use, the Government will fund a nationwide rollout of RE:FIT, the Mayor of London’s award winning programme to improve public sector energy efficiency. Government is also working with ENWORKS in the North West to understand how best to finance and upgrade to more energy efficient equipment in commercial and manufacturing businesses.

Energy and Climate Change Minister Greg Barker said:
“We have put energy efficiency at the very heart of the Government’s energy policy. Using energy more wisely is absolutely vital in a world of increased pressure on resources and rising prices. Not only can energy efficiency help save money on bills and cut emissions, it can support green jobs, innovation and enterprise.

“This is Britain’s first comprehensive Energy Efficiency Strategy and sets out the action we are taking now, as well as what we will do in the future to ensure the UK continues to be a global leader in reducing energy use.”

The energy efficiency sector in the UK already accounts for around 136,000 jobs, and had sales of £17.6 billion in 2010/11. Sales in this sector have grown by over 4% per year in the UK since 2007/08, and are projected to grow by around 5% per year between 2010/11 and 2014/15.

The Energy Efficiency Strategy, which draws on a Call for Evidence published by DECC in February this year, sets out the Government’s mission to seize the energy efficiency opportunity, boosting growth in the economy, creating jobs, helping households and businesses save money and working towards our climate change goals. The UK could be saving 196TWh in 2020, equivalent to 22 power stations, through cost-effective investment in energy efficiency.

Joanne Pollard, CO2Sense CEO, said, "We are delighted to see this sort of strategy being launched, highlighting the potential of energy efficiency. The savings for businesses and other organisations could be huge, and we need to make sure that the policy and guidance is in place to support change. For individual businesses, efficiency is the first step towards cutting emissions and costs, and even the smallest changes can have a big impact. And on a larger scale, the UK needs to make changes if they are to hit carbon reduction targets."

Find out more about energy efficiency, or see the full report.


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