A new study shows a marked acceleration in energy efficiency projects in businesses in the UK.
In what is seen as a marked behaviour change, the report by Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF) and energy analyst firm EEVS, found a significant uptick in commissioning energy efficiency schemes to the highest every rate and exceeding the long term trend of around 70%.
BNEF’s UK Energy Efficiency Trends report found that more than 80% of companies surveyed at the end of 2015 had authorised new efficiency programmes.
Efficient lighting was the most popular installation choice, with many companies prioritising the use of lighting controls.
Boiler controls also experienced growth in popularity, according to the study – perhaps due to seasonal influences, as did projects that included efficiency measures to a building’s fabric. There was a fall in the number of measures specified for heating, ventilating and air conditioning system.
The report highlighted the finding that behaviour change is now frequently delivering ‘metered’ energy savings with the performance of many of the projects being measured using energy meters. Seeing an energy meter recording lower consumption is the crucial evidence required for energy managers and estates directors to invest effort and budget in behaviour change programmes.
The report found that behaviour change projects were achieving savings ‘often up to 5%’, with some projects delivering savings in the range of 10% to 20%.