UK businesses are implementing energy efficiency schemes at the highest rate ever, according to a new report from Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF) and energy analyst firm EEVS. The latest edition of BNEF’s UK Energy Efficiency Trends report found that more than 80% of respondents authorised new efficiency programmes in Q3 of 2015, marking the highest percentage of new projects recorded in a quarter since the survey began in 2012. It also found a significant uptick in commissioning, exceeding the long term trend of around 70%. The research surveyed 67 UK-based energy and other senior managers. Efficient lighting was the most popular installation choice, with use of lighting controls seeing significant growth. This chimes with edie’s own 2015 survey of energy managers, which found that 76% of respondents were prioritising energy-efficient lighting systems this year.
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The industry has called for action on energy efficiency as the latest figures show the number of active Green Deals is beginning to tail off. The former flagship initiative has seen the number of energy efficiency plans in operation fall to the lowest level since March 2014. In November 2015, the latest month for which figures are available, there were 729 Green Deal plans installed. A total of 14,799 Green Deal plans were in operation, down from 15,138 the previous month, and from a high of 16,456 in July 2015.
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