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Joanne Wade

Cost-effective carbon emissions reduction and resource efficiency

The incoming government promised in their manifesto to cut carbon emissions as cost-effectively as possible.  As energy efficiency remains the most cost-effective source of emissions cuts, can we therefore look forward to a much needed shift in policy focus?

At first glance, it may seem not: there is little explicit mention of energy efficiency in the Conservative Party manifesto, and absolutely no recognition of how its multiple benefits can contribute to other government policy aims.

But increased energy efficiency can help deliver more competitive businesses and less wasteful public sector organisations. Investment in warmer homes helps families to stay healthy.  And local energy efficiency investment can stimulate local economies, creating worthwhile jobs for local people.

These are all arguments that should make sense to the government: it is up to us to make them persuasively and show how our sector can help them deliver on their election promises.

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