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The Role of the UK Energy Efficiency Office
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Last year the United Kingdom spent some £37bn on energy. Analysis of energy use, through extensive studies such as the Energy Efficiency Office's "Energy Use and Energy Efficiency in UK Manufacturing Industry up to the Year 2000" has revealed that 20% of energy, or £7bn worth, is wasted in all sectors of the economy. In industry and commerce alone that amounts to £2bn worth of energy wasted every year. Half of this sum could be saved through management measures requiring little or no investment, the rest through investment with relatively short payback periods. Indeed, the Energy Efficiency Office has identified some £300m of investments in energy efficiency which would have a payback of less than 12 months. Important sectors of the British economy have been slow to realise the potential benefits of improved energy efficiency. There have been a variety of barriers which have impeded the smooth effective operation of market forces. The barriers most prevalent in the industrial and commercial sectors can be broadly categorised as: Lack of awareness: senior managers have been unaware of the potential for improvement. Even when aware, they have accepted the assurances of others within the organisation that all necessary steps have been taken, though other evidence has shown such assurances to be ill-founded. Lack of skills: consumers have not known how to monitor and analyse energy consumption, how to identify waste, or how to apply improvement measures. In addition, inadequate financial appraisal has led to cost-effective improvement measures not being implemented. Structural constraints: energy efficiency can be impeded by institutional arrangements which separate the investor (eg. the landlord) from the beneficiary (the tenant). Underdevelopment of the energy efficiency industries: while appropriate technology has been developed, it has not always been marketed in a manner which could overcome lack of confidence or unwillingness to invest in novel technology. In November 1983 the Secretary of State for Energy, Peter Walker, established the Energy Efficiency Office to devise, administer, and promote programmes which would overcome the barriers outlined above and thus enable the market to operate more effectively.
Finer, E. G. (1986). The Role of the UK Energy Efficiency Office. Energy Systems Laboratory (http://esl.tamu.edu). Available electronically from