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Untapped energy savings in private sector

10 March 2011

A report explaining how energy efficiency in the private sector can save business £6bn a year is published by Carbon Connect.

The result of an inquiry by Carbon Connect, the report "Energy Efficiency: The Untapped Business Opportunity" has cross-parliamentary party approval and backing from across the private sector. Launched by Chris Huhne, Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, the report found that ssing energy wastefully currently costs UK business £6bn a year. This figure is only set to rise as Ofgem estimates that energy prices could climb by over 40 percent in real terms over the coming decade.
For the 4.8 mi small businesses currently operating in the UK, which account for approximately 45 percent of total business energy consumption and employ nearly 60 percent of the private sector workforce, tackling inefficiency can reap significant savings.
And large businesses will benefit too. According to Hugh Jones, MD of Carbon Trust Advisory Services. "Our data suggests big businesses are leaving around half the investment opportunities on the table and continuing to waste billions of pounds on unnecessary energy use every year."
The report CLICK HERE recommends that Government should ensure that a robust system is developed for targeting SMEs under the Green Deal. This could include collaboration with trade associations, banks, and the Office of Government Commerce. In addition, it should expand the Carbon Trust 0% business loan scheme to capture energy efficiency projects of up to £250,000 and make this scheme available to all companies.
The report suggest that The Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) should be consulted on the potential to offer local tax rebate to business that improve their energy efficiency, while businesses should ensure that a non-executive director takes responsibility for raising energy saving opportunities at board level.
The report, "Energy Efficiency: The Untapped Business Opportunity" was produced by Carbon Connect, an independent not-for-profit coalition, which seeks to examine the key challenges and opportunities resulting from the transition to a low carbon economy.


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