Efficiency 'at heart' of UK energy policy

13th November 2012

Related Topics

Related tags

  • Business & Industry ,
  • Procurement ,
  • EMS ,
  • Management/saving



Supporting organisations and consumers to cut energy use is a top priority for the government, confirms the energy secretary as DECC publishes new efficiency strategy

The government aims to help drive the adoption of energy-efficiency measures in the UK by sponsoring research into companies’ ability access to finance for projects, developing new sector-specific guidance and rolling out public sector initiatives across the country.

In its Energy efficiency strategy, DECC has outlined what it sees as the barriers to wider adoption of energy-efficiency measures including: difficulties in securing investment; a lack of accurate information about the benefits and payback times of measures; and the “hassle costs” of installing equipment.

To help encourage uptake of efficiency initiatives, the government is spending £26 million to fund research centres to investigate energy demand and how to change behaviour, as well as launching a new project with ENWORKS examining the processes, costs and benefits of financing efficiency measures.

Re:Fit, the project in London that has successfully retrofitted public sector buildings across the capital to make them more efficient, is to be rolled out throughout the UK, and more funding is to be made available to train facilities managers in energy efficiency.

The government will also sponsor three new green business awards recognising companies that have significantly reduced their own energy consumption and helped others to cut their energy use.

“Too often, governments have neglected the role that energy demand reduction can play in managing our energy system,” says energy secretary Ed Davey. “Yet measures that reduce demand can contribute in a more cost-effective way to meeting our energy and climate goals than supply-side measures.

“That’s why energy efficiency takes pride of place at the centre of the coalition government’s policy framework.”

In the strategy, DECC confirms it recognises cutting energy demand is a “no regrets, cost-effective way of reducing the effort [it] will later have to make in decarbonising the energy system”, and outlines the work that the Energy Efficiency Deployment Office will be undertaking in the coming year.

The strategy comes after the government was criticised by the parliamentary committee on energy and climate change for failing to include reference to efficiency in its draft Energy Bill. The final Bill is due to be published this month.


Subscribe to IEMA's newsletters to receive timely articles, expert opinions, event announcements, and much more, directly in your inbox.

Transform articles

Swing voters show strong support for renewables

There is strong support for renewable energy as a source of economic growth among UK voters, particularly among those intending to switch their support for a political party.

16th May 2024

Read more

A project promoter’s perspective on the environmental challenges facing new subsea power cables

3rd April 2024

Read more

The UK’s major cities lag well behind their European counterparts in terms of public transport use. Linking development to transport routes might be the answer, argues Huw Morris

3rd April 2024

Read more

Tom Harris examines the supply chain constraints facing the growing number of interconnector projects

2nd April 2024

Read more

The UK government’s carbon capture, usage and storage (CCUS) strategy is based on optimistic techno-economic assumptions that are now outdated, Carbon Tracker has warned.

13th March 2024

Read more

The UK government’s latest Public Attitudes Tracker has found broad support for efforts to tackle climate change, although there are significant concerns that bills will rise.

13th March 2024

Read more

A consortium including IEMA and the Good Homes Alliance have drafted a letter to UK government ministers expressing disappointment with the proposed Future Homes Standard.

26th February 2024

Read more

Global corporations such as Amazon and Google purchased a record 46 gigawatts (GW) of solar and wind energy last year, according to BloombergNEF (BNEF).

13th February 2024

Read more

Media enquires

Looking for an expert to speak at an event or comment on an item in the news?

Find an expert

IEMA Cookie Notice

Clicking the ‘Accept all’ button means you are accepting analytics and third-party cookies. Our website uses necessary cookies which are required in order to make our website work. In addition to these, we use analytics and third-party cookies to optimise site functionality and give you the best possible experience. To control which cookies are set, click ‘Settings’. To learn more about cookies, how we use them on our website and how to change your cookie settings please view our cookie policy.

Manage cookie settings

Our use of cookies

You can learn more detailed information in our cookie policy.

Some cookies are essential, but non-essential cookies help us to improve the experience on our site by providing insights into how the site is being used. To maintain privacy management, this relies on cookie identifiers. Resetting or deleting your browser cookies will reset these preferences.

Essential cookies

These are cookies that are required for the operation of our website. They include, for example, cookies that enable you to log into secure areas of our website.

Analytics cookies

These cookies allow us to recognise and count the number of visitors to our website and to see how visitors move around our website when they are using it. This helps us to improve the way our website works.

Advertising cookies

These cookies allow us to tailor advertising to you based on your interests. If you do not accept these cookies, you will still see adverts, but these will be more generic.

Save and close