Clean Growth: How to boost business energy productivity

  • Tuesday, 14 November, 2017
    12:30 - 14:00

Speakers include:

  • The Rt Hon Lord Deben, Chairman, Committee on Climate Change and former Secretary of State for Environment
  • Laura Sandys, Member of the Advisory Panel on the Cost of Energy Review
  • Bill Rees, Head of Commercial, Distributed Energy & Power, Centrica
  • Richard Braakenburg, Senior Vice President, Distributed Energy & Onshore Renewables, Green Investment Group
  • Penelope Guarnay, Group Energy Manager, Marks & Spencer
  • Joshua Burke, Energy and Environment Research Fellow, Policy Exchange (Chair)

Policy Exchange invites you to a discussion of the role of business energy productivity in delivering clean growth. Despite policymakers actively considering what to do next, there is still a need for significant thinking to progress from the generic barriers identified to the concrete policy recommendations set out in this report.

UK energy policy is often framed as a trilemma of objectives – security of supply, affordability and sustainability. Improving energy efficiency within houses, businesses and the public sector presents a large and often overlooked opportunity to tackle all aspects of the trilemma.

Policy Exchange is launching a new report looking at the opportunities and barriers to boosting business energy productivity. Despite a compelling case, widespread adoption of energy efficiency measures are yet to materialise and policies to deliver this need serious consideration. Our new project, Clean Growth, seeks to identify ways to overcome the barriers to energy efficiency investment.

Improving energy efficiency is amongst the easiest and cheapest ways to decarbonise our energy system. This applies to households and businesses, and to electricity and other forms of energy. Whilst carbon prices and low carbon subsidies tend to raise energy costs for end users, improving energy efficiency and cutting energy usage can reduce energy bills – maintaining competitiveness and reducing barriers to growth. This presents a natural synergy between energy efficiency, productivity and the wider Industrial Strategy. Consequently, it is also important to recognise the strong relationship between energy efficiency and productivity within industry and how energy efficiency investments can provide a significant boost to overall productivity.

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