Energy use in business call for evidence

BEIS have issued another Call for Evidence, this time to identify ways in which they can help businesses to improve the way they use energy.

The Clean Growth Strategy (CGS), published in October 2017, committed the Government to consult on a package of measures to support business in improving how productively they use energy. It established proposals for decarbonising all sectors of the UK economy through the 2020s and explained how the whole country can benefit from low carbon opportunities, while meeting national and international commitments to tackle climate change.

Government has set an ambition to reduce business energy use by 20% by 2030 and this Call for Evidence sets out possible approaches to significantly improve energy efficiency in business and seeks views on the level of ambition and how to measure progress. It also seeks views on the actions Government could take to support business.

Government believe that their 20% ambition will require action across all businesses, which in turn will require an estimated £23 billion in private sector investment.

The Call for Evidence declares that that improvements could come from improving the efficiency of how energy is used in commercial and industrial buildings, in both the private rented sector and owner-occupied sectors, and with further improvements in the energy efficiency of manufacturing processes.

All commercial energy assessors, EPC, DEC and ESOS, should be excited by the opportunities that this call for evidence alludes to;

  • minimum energy standard for commercial properties of a B by 2035
  • Operational ratings for commercial properties by 2020
  • banks having to declare poor performing properties they have in their portfolios
  • a new energy and carbon reporting framework, alongside ESOS

As you would expect once we have had time to digest its content, Elmhurst will provide a more detailed analysis of this Call for Evidence. We will share our draft response and seek input from members before making a formal submission, which we will again share.

All members are encouraged to download and read this important document at their earliest convenience and start preparing for how they might wish to respond before the close date on 26th September. 

To read the call for evidence click here

Article Published: 29th August 2018

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