Green businesses believe current industry energy efficiency targets are not ambitious enough, survey finds

The majority of green businesses believe current industry targets are not nearly as ambitious as they should be, a poll of Environmental Industry Commission (EIC) members published recently has suggested.

The survey uncovered significant dissatisfaction over the government’s existing plans to improve energy productivity. Respondents called for a major overhaul of energy efficiency policies to introduce new tax incentives to boost uptake of efficiency measures and reform building energy performance certificates.

The government has previously said it is “determined” to help businesses improve their energy productivity, and that the 2030 target will help “contribute to overall economic growth”.

However, 59 per cent of respondents to the EIC survey said they did not feel the current target was ambitious enough, including 14 per cent who either describing the goal as ‘not ambitious at all’ or ‘not very ambitious’, and another 45 per cent agreeing that it ‘could be more ambitious’.

Moreover, in order to drive uptake of efficiency measures, more than 90 per cent of respondents said the government should focus on providing tax incentives and on making Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs) reflect real world building performance. Nearly two thirds, meanwhile, said they would support reform of the UK’s mandatory Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme (ESOS).

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