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Implementing Article 5 of the Energy Services Directive

Article 5 of the Directive requires the public sector to fulfiil an ‘exemplary role’ in energy efficiency by achieving cost-effective energy savings through procurement and best practice. Defra’s consultation document proposes a voluntary approach to procurement of energy efficient equipment and vehicles. Our response argues that in addition to this – and following both the wording and spirit of the Directive – the government needs to retrofit existing public buildings and procure efficient new ones, and that a legislative rather than a voluntary approach is needed to ensure success as well as being more consistent with the government’s approach to tackling climate change. For more information about the Directive, see the dedicated page on our sister organisation EuroACE’s website.

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