Confidence in UK energy efficiency policies falls

Confidence in the UK Government’s energy efficiency policies has fallen to an all-time low. That’s according to the ‘Energy Efficiency Trends’ by the Energy Efficiency Verification Specialists (EEVS). It covers both […]

By Jacqueline Echevarria

Confidence in the UK Government’s energy efficiency policies has fallen to an all-time low.

That’s according to the ‘Energy Efficiency Trends’ by the Energy Efficiency Verification Specialists (EEVS).

It covers both energy suppliers and consumers confidence for the second quarter (Q2) of 2015.

Supplier confidence in the government’s management of energy efficiency policies fell during that period, with more than 60% of respondents citing “ineffective management”.

On technology choices, consumers continued to favour high efficiency lighting over other individual technologies.

Solar has also sustained its recent gains, with 22% reporting uptake in Q2, which could be in response to the proposed Feed-in Tariff changes, the report added.

Public buildings (21%) and manufacturing sites (17%) overtook offices (15%) in the second quarter as the principle property types to benefit from energy efficiency upgrades.

Ian Jeffries at EEVS said: “A notable theme in this quarter’s research has been the lack of support that the energy efficiency sector feels it has received from the UK Government.

“Interestingly, however, the policy landscape has shifted somewhat since the survey was carried out.”