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New direction for UK energy policy neglects energy efficiency

The energy secretary Amber Rudd announced sweeping changes to the UK’s energy policy yesterday, phasing out ‘dirty’ coal-fired power stations by 2025 in favour of a fleet of new gas and nuclear facilities. However, the plans to reduce carbon emissions through greener generation made little mention of reducing the demand for power through greater energy efficiency. Hywel Davies, Technical Director of the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers, said:

“The announcement of the new policy focusses solely on energy supply, and makes no reference to the opportunity to drive energy efficiency and so reduce the need for new generating capacity.

“Using less energy also puts consumers first, reduces the burden on bill-payers and ensures enough electricity generation to power the nation, so why is this not included in the statement?”