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Energy efficiency movement picking up pace

29 June 2011 No Comment

A new survey suggests that in the face of rising costs, more businesses than ever are looking into energy saving techniques, reports Green Engineering.

The latest Energy Efficiency Indicator, which surveyed nearly 4,000 building owners and operators, highlighted that spiralling costs were making firms turn to greener pastures, like refurbishment of cladding systems to increase air-tightness or renewable energy technologies that can be fitted to building cladding systems, in a bid to cut costs.

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According to Smart Planet, eight out of ten respondents believed that double-digital energy prices will increase over the next 12 months. Respondents are aiming to combat those increases with an average reduction target of 12 per cent.

In addition, three out of four respondents reported they had set a specific energy or carbon reduction goal for the future. Around eight in 10 collect energy data about their business, but a mere two in 10 analyse the specifics of the data.

Progress made by businesses to help the environment

Dave Myers, an energy expert and one of the conductors of the Energy Efficiency Indicator, is pleased with the progress made by businesses to help the environment: “This year’s survey clearly shows there’s growing urgency in making buildings more energy efficient and large strides have been made with the help of government incentives.

“However, building owners continue to tell us that access to capital remains the top barrier for improving energy consumption,” he added.

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