Some of the UK’s largest manufacturing organisations have today called on the government to step up support for energy efficiency and demand response in order to drive down energy use across UK industries. A new report released today by the EEF, the manufacturers’ organisation, finds significant opportunities for cost-effective energy efficiency measures remain within the manufacturing industry, but are not being exploited through current policy mechanisms. Despite having cut electricity consumption by 18 per cent since 2000, the report, Upgrading Power: Delivering a Flexible Electricity System, suggests the manufacturing sector could go much further in curbing energy use and associated bills and carbon emissions. Using the conclusions of energy efficiency audit reports conducted under the Energy Savings Obligation Scheme (ESOS), the report suggests manufacturers could save a further 14 per cent from their annual electricity consumption through better management of electricity use and the installation of established energy saving technologies such as LED lightbulbs and high efficiency motors.
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