Clean growth plan asks firms to deliver 20 per cent energy efficiency gains
Source: The Energyst
The government’s clean growth plan outlines its intention to task industry to deliver energy efficiency improvements of at least 20 per cent by 2030.
The paper says government will create a ‘simpler, more ambitious and long-term policy and regulatory framework’ to enable that ambition, through it states a final decision on any aspirational target will not be taken until 2018.
The government believes that by incentivising large firms to cut consumption, UK industry can become more competitive while driving down overall energy use and emissions.
The strategy sets out a ten point, high-level plan to unlock business energy efficiency, starting with a commitment to consult next year on how to support UK firms to improve energy productivity by at least 20 per cent by 2030.
It commits to assess and potentially reform Esos, some funding to improve use of industrial heat and a consultation on a new, streamlined energy and carbon reporting framework.
For smaller firms, there appeared to be little other than a commitment to ‘explore with stakeholders how we can improve the provision of information and advice to SMEs to encourage the uptake of energy efficiency technologies’.