S&T Committee (Lords): Energy efficiency

25 October 2004

The UK Government outlined in its Energy White Paper (2003) that half of the 20% target for carbon dioxide emissions reductions by 2010 should be derived from energy efficiency measures. The rate of uptake of energy efficiency measures will depend on a number of key factors.

In our response to the House of Lords Science and Technology Committee inquiry into energy efficiency, the Royal Society highlighted that if energy is too cheap it will not provide the motivation across the economy for maximising efficiency. Placing primary emphasis on well-designed economic instruments can provide this incentive for action.

Introducing the correct regulations is also important. Building regulations have been effective in driving efficiency measures, whilst suitable legislation can ensure customers have access to the necessary information to make informed decisions.

Relevant Royal Society reports

Royal Society statement on UK Governments White Paper on energy (February 2003) 

Economic instruments for the reduction of carbon dioxide emissions (November 2002)

The role of the Renewables Directive in meeting Kyoto targets (October 2000)