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Detail of outcome
The government response summarises responses and views, confirming:
- the significant role for government in strengthening existing regulations and schemes
- the increased pressure on the electricity grid in the future and the importance of energy storage and flexible energy generation
- the key role of minimum standards and the importance of setting a future trajectory for tightening standards in the rented sector
- the importance of voluntary standards but not as a replacement for regulation
- market building
- that more needs to be done to boost the market, including increasing demand for energy efficiency measures with businesses and especially SMEs
- the need to focus on standardisation, aggregation, data and encouraging lenders
- the importance of government playing more of a role in engaging SMEs on energy efficiency
- the various barriers which make engaging SMEs so difficult
- industrial processes
- that the key barriers preventing more energy efficient processes were general economic uncertainty, higher payback periods and other “hassle” costs
- that the barriers impacted in different ways given the heterogeneous nature of manufacturing processes
We have issued a call for evidence on introducing a new Business Energy Efficiency Scheme for SMEs in parallel with this Government response.
Detail of feedback received
We received 55 responses from various stakeholders including:
- trade associations
- large, medium and small businesses
- businesses in the supply chain
The Clean Growth Strategy (CGS), published in October 2017, committed the government to consult on a package of measures to support business to improve how productively they use energy.
This call for evidence sets out possible approaches to improving energy efficiency in business and industry by 20% by 2030, and seeks views on the level of ambition and how we plan to measure our progress. It also seeks views on the actions businesses and government could take to improve take up energy efficiency across buildings and industrial processes.
This call for evidence is open to all and we would especially encourage responses from a wide range of businesses, trade associations, financial providers and academics.
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