First UK energy efficiency strategy

A transformation in the way energy is used across the UK economy could help boost growth and jobs, and investing in energy efficiency could save up to 22 power-stations-worth of energy by 2020, according to the UK’s first national energy efficiency strategy.

The new strategy is aimed at changing the way energy is used in sectors such as housing, transport and manufacturing over the coming decades. The report shows that cost-effective investments in energy efficiency could save the UK 196 TWh in 2020, equivalent to the output from 22 power stations.

Implementing these recommended measures could reduce energy consumption by 11 per cent by the end of the decade, rising to savings of 13 per cent by 2025 compared to business as usual projections. The measures also have the potential to save 41 megatonnes of CO2 equivalent emissions in 2020, according to the report.

Source: UK Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC)  press release, 12 November 2012

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