CBI issues call to action on energy efficiency to government, firms
Both the UK Government and companies should do a lot more about implementing energy efficiency measures, said the CBI (Confederation of British Industry) in a public call to action.
The CBI believes that the Government should streamline overlapping policies, while in the same time, companies should step up action on energy efficiency to cut bottom line costs, manage risks and open up growth opportunities.
As part of the ‘Shining a Light: Uncovering the business energy efficiency opportunity’, the CBI is calling for the Government to re-assess all current business energy efficiency policies and ensure that any new initiatives add value to the framework, while in the same time bringing together and streamlining the various policy strands to create a coherent framework and set out plans to engage businesses on the ground when designing, implementing and communicating policies.
Furthermore, the lobby organization asked the government to provide more support for large and energy-intensive users, implementing a coherent policy for Combined Heat and Power, and also to back mid-sized businesses by using the Business Bank to raise awareness among firms of the financial schemes available and begin to look at how the Green Deal could be successfully expanded to business users.
Rhian Kelly, CBI Director for Business Environment policy, said: “The Energy Efficiency Deployment Office will need to make its mark quickly if it is to spur higher spending on energy efficiency measures and it could start by talking more to businesses on the ground.”
“Meanwhile, businesses also need to step up to the challenge. We have seen progress from many companies but others need to make the leap, showing strong leadership at the top with robust structures put in place to manage energy use.”
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