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Energy


Energy and facilities management make the best of bedfellows


Sarah Beacock reviews the latest Energy Barometer report and examines the significance of energy efficiency – and the important role FMs have in managing their organisation’s energy use


n 2015, we saw the start of significant changes to the UK’s energy efficiency strategy. These included the reorganisation of the Department of Energy and Climate Change Energy Efficiency Deployment Office, £70m in budget cuts for DECC, halting finance to the Green Deal Finance Company and the end of the zero carbon homes plan. HM Treasury was also reviewing the business energy efficiency tax landscape. It will consider changes to the energy and carbon tax and reporting regimes, including the Climate Change Levy, Climate Change Agreements, the Carbon Reduction Commitment energy efficiency scheme and their interaction with other business energy efficiency policies and regulations, such as the Energy Saving Opportunities Scheme (ESOS). In the first annual Energy Barometer


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survey, conducted among a selection of more than 500 of the Energy Institute’s members, we reported on the results relating to energy demand and energy efficiency, and the responses from professionals working in the demand sector.


Headline messages voiced by EI members via the Barometer were that energy efficiency is seen as the most realistic and cost-effective short- term route to reducing emissions and decarbonising; investment is needed both in infrastructure and the workforce to facilitate efficiency measures; and consistency, policy continuity and forward planning are as vital for the demand sector as they are for the energy industry as a whole.


The case for energy efficiency When asked about the biggest challenges to the UK’s energy system in 2015, energy efficiency and related measures were consistently identified by EI members, particularly in relation to the UK building stock. Members highlighted the significant contributions that reduced energy demand, energy management and behaviour change can make in meeting the challenges of energy security, sustainability and affordability. Strong support was shown for increasing the level of investment in low-carbon measures and those linked to security of supply. Seventy-


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