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Government slammed on energy efficiency

The Government must do better on energy efficiency according to an end of year report by a coalition of leading environmental groups including Greenpeace, WWF-UK and the Environmental Industries Commission.

The coalition assessed the Government's progress since it published its Energy White Paper in 2007 against an Energy Efficiency Scorecard.

The final results show the Government has only made a positive impact on one out of 11 key indicators.

The report raised fears over the Government’s performance on improving the efficiency of the existing housing stock and introduction better incentives for businesses to introduce energy efficient technology.

It also repeated demands for tough mandatory targets for energy efficiency in all public building projects and refurbishments.

Merlin Hyman, EIC director, said: “If we are going to make a successful transition to a low carbon economy and secure the UK’s competitiveness in global markets, a step change in reducing energy demand id needed now.

'The potential is huge. The Stern Review, for example, identified that energy efficiency has the potential to be the single biggest source of emissions savings in 2050.

Where the Government must improve:
Introduce new incentives to cut emissions in existing homes
Help more businesses to introduce energy efficient technology
Ensure all large public buildings meet energy efficiency targets and audit compliance  
“The Energy Effieicny Scorecard reveals that the Government is failing to deliver on energy efficiency. We urgently need an ambitious range of policies for securing energy savings right across the eceonomy.”

The one area where the Government was praised was in the strengthening the European Union Emissions Trading Scheme including working for tighter caps across the EU and the inclusion of aviation.

The signatories to the Energy Efficiency Scorecard also included Aldersgate Group, Association of UK Energy Agencies, Environmental Industries Commission, Green Alliance, Greenpeace, Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Institute of Public Policy Research, Micropower Council, National Energy Foundation, RSPB, Town and Country Planning Association, UK Business Council for Sustainable Energy and WWF-UK.