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Skills and innovation keys to energy-efficiency market success

A study into the energy-efficiency market has found investment in training, public awareness and innovation of business models are vital for the sector’s longevity and growth.

Commissioned by the Supply Chain Insight Group – a collaborative effort from the Department of Energy & Climate Change, SummitSkills, Building Futures and the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) – the report was independently researched by Skyblue Research.

Its insights will contribute to the Bonfield Review, a government-commissioned assessment of current domestic energy policy.

Due out in March 2016, the Review will look at industry standards, consumer protection and enforcement of energy efficiency schemes.

The Trust and Certainty Report looks at the challenges for industry and government in developing the energy-efficiency market. It recommends three key areas that can help stabilise the market, which include:

  • tackling energy-related skills deficiencies in the workforce by investing in training, as gaps in knowledge are a significant barrier to the market’s growth;
  • inspiring innovation within the industry, as developing new business models will stimulate client demand and help achieve sustainable growth; and
  • educating industry and consumers about the benefits of efficient energy use and helping more people adopt energy-efficient practices.

CITB head of policy Gillian Econopouly said: “This report brings together all the existing evidence on energy efficiency and will be used as a reference point for the further development of clean energy policy. We look forward to working with industry, government and the education sector to develop the skills we need to make this happen.”

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