The Energy Efficiency Business Support Task Group, set up by the Chancellor in Budget 2006, today issues its concluding report. It highlights problems businesses have in accessing advice and support on energy efficiency, and details how government can better support energy efficiency in the business sector.

Launching the report, the Financial Secretary to the Treasury, John Healey MP said: "There have been real improvements in businesses' energy efficiency, but if we are to tackle climate change and meet the challenges which the Stern Review laid out, more must be done. The changes I am announcing today will make it easier for businesses to get advice on how to save money by being more energy efficient". Responding to the Taskforce's findings, John Healey today announced that to further improve businesses' energy efficiency, the government will consolidate and improve support for businesses, and ensure that government-sponsored organisations are capable of giving the right level of advice to businesses, and that support to businesses is available as clearly and simply as possible. In addition, the Confederation of Business Industry; the Engineering Employers' Federation; the Federation of Small Businesses; and the British Chambers of Commerce have all committed themselves to playing a larger role in promoting energy efficiency to their members.

The Taskforce found that: over 150 government-funded organisations exist to provide energy efficiency advice to businesses; businesses are often not aware of the bodies; their services are not tailored to meet businesses' needs; and businesses often don't realise the potential benefits of energy efficiency.