Energy efficiency strategies gone wrong are costing UK businesses millions, report argues
The government’s failing energy efficiency strategy for the commercial sector is putting an unnecessary strain on businesses’ energy bills, a new TUC report argues today.
Efforts by government to boost commercial energy efficiency are not working, and end up costing UK businesses millions of pounds every year, says the TUC within the “Money to Burn” report, which details the need to improve energy efficiency in offices, supermarkets, hotels and other commercial businesses.
Figures published in the report suggest that the average rate of improvement to UK commercial energy efficiency has stagnated since 2007, with the Committee on Climate Change confirming there has been “little progress” in the sector.
To improve non-domestic energy efficiency in the UK the report says that policy must focus on five different areas: regulation, tax incentives, access to finance, information gathering and dissemination, and ‘greening the workplace’ – with staff, unions and management working together.
TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said:
“Clamping down on the ‘Great British Energy Waste’ is a win-win for businesses, the government and the environment. Even small businesses can save far more from energy efficiency measures than switching suppliers.
“Better energy regulations backed by access to finance, a one-stop shop for energy advice, and encouraging green workplaces would all help tackle this pointless and expensive frittering away of energy.”
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