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Research set to size up energy saving

The Energy Efficiency Partnership for Homes is launching a research project to find out the size and potential of the energy saving industry in the UK.

The partnership is keen to respond to the Government’s demand for more information on the sector and details of how effective policy in this area has been.

As part of this the partnership has issued a a call for expressions of interest from contractors who can help with this work - although it is still defining the scope of the project.

The call states: “The project seeks to establish how far the energy saving sector has evolved in recent years (economically and in employment numbers) and where it is envisaged to be heading.

“The output from the project will provide effective evidence to the energy saving consultation being led by Office of Climate Change, due for publication this

The partnership believes the project is needed due to the rapid changes caused by new legislation and government initiatives aimed at reducing energy consumption and carbon emissions.

The project will look at the manufacturing, marketing and delivery of energy saving products and services to homes and business and the workforce needed to support this industry.

It will be looking to establish a comprehensive list of manufacturers, distributors, retailers, installers and service companies while gathering details of exactly how many people are employed in the sector.

Through modelling it will determine how far the industry is expected to grow by 2010, 2015 and 2020.

The closing date for expressions of interest is Friday August 22.