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A new energy policy framework

The cheapest, safest and most secure form of energy is the energy we do not use. That is why energy efficiency must be allowed to compete on equal terms with new supply capacity. Energy efficiency means the construction of fewer new generating plants and reduced network infrastructure investment combined with greater resilience and lower carbon emissions. DECC estimated in 2012 that investment in socially cost-effective energy efficiency to 2020 would save energy equivalent to the output of 22 power stations. In the past, UK energy policy has focused heavily on the supply side as opposed to reducing demand for energy. We urgently need a new policy framework – possibly even a new Energy White Paper – that puts demand reduction on a level playing field with supply-side measures.

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  • New PM must stick to key EU climate change targets for 2020 By Pedro Guertler

    Irrespective of Brexit, UK Prime Minister Theresa May and her cabinet must commit to critical EU targets for the year 2020 on cutting carbon emissions and transforming the UK’s energy infrastructure.

    This is the call made today (Friday) by 30 environmental and energy-related organisations in a letter to Greg Clark, the new Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy. Signatories leading business associations covering the renewable energy and energy efficiency sectors, two of the UK’s biggest green NGOs and Energy UK, the body representing the major energy suppliers.

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