UK is ‘sick man’ of Europe on energy efficiency

UK is ‘sick man’ of Europe on energy efficiency

A new report shows the UK is ranked 27th out of 28 member states for progress on energy efficiency, according to a survey of energy experts.

The Energyst writes that experts interviewed for the Energy Efficiency Watch Project, co-funded by the Commission, said the UK was too focused on the supply side because policy and decision makers do not see energy efficiency as an opportunity.

Around 30% of the industry experts believed the UK has little chance of meeting Energy Efficiency Directive targets on current trajectories.

The report’s damning diagnosis

The paper argues that energy efficiency needs to become independent of UK political fluctuations. Further, it needs to become an inherent part of homegrown energy and economic policies. Today’s stance, where policy and decision makers don’t see energy efficiency as an opportunity, must change.

“As carbon reduction specialists we see first-hand the benefits to both business and the economy of energy efficiency,” said Gareth Barber, Managing Director BG Energy Solutions.

“While policy and decision making is out of our hands, as low carbon technology providers we have an important role in helping business to understand the financial opportunity of low carbon solutions. We aim to make them a boardroom priority.”

Financial savings, futureproofing, reputation and the life of equipment can all be enhanced and extended by simple, adaptive efficiency measures like building controls.

“ESOS has done much good work, it’s an example of where there exists positive law making by the Government to support energy efficiency,” says Barber. “We would love to see the scheme improved and extended into the future. Embedding ESOS recommendations like building controls and smart sensors is a no brainer.”

Austerity and fluctuations

The report said poor progress would continue as long as the multiple benefits of energy efficiency are not sufficiently understood by national policy makers and stakeholders, and have not become an integral part of security and economic policy.

‘Across the bloc, only Spain ranked lower for progress on energy efficiency,’ writes the Energyst. ‘Italy, which languished in 27th in 2012, has made the most progress since then, and is now ranked 13th, an exact opposite of the UK’s trajectory.’

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