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Warnings of failings in energy efficiency compliance checks

14 June 2018

An industry body has highlighted weaknesses within the policing of energy efficiency regulations, following a survey of its members.

The Environmental Industries Commission (EIC) has published its Improving non-domestic energy efficiency after Brexit report as a result of its study.

It states that the act of leaving the EU should be used as a driver for the UK to reconsider energy efficiency policies and the systems to ensure enforcement for non-domestic facilities.

The survey also included responses from 122 local authorities in England, which revealed that no fines have been issued for failure to display Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs) or Display Energy Certificates (DECs).

EIC executive director Matthew Farrow commented on the lack of coherence in current policies, which have led to low levels of confidence within the energy management sector and business energy consumers.

"And the fact that not a single local authority has issued fines for failure to display EPCs shows that the way we enforce policy needs to change - the best policy is of limited value if not backed up by enforcement on the ground," he said.

EIC carbon management and sustainable workings group chair Sunil Shah said: "Theresa May's challenge to the sector to halve carbon emissions should not just rest with new buildings, but with the whole property sector if we are to make any headway on the Paris Agreement.

"This EIC report highlights the deep challenges faced with the existing regulatory regime and provides a pathway through the use of energy data, longer term clarity on policy and effective enforcement," he said.

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