Retailers call for clarity in energy policy

Retailers’ trade body the British Retail Consortium (BRC) has called for energy policy to be simplified and harmonised to help the sector deliver 25% cuts in energy consumption in the next five years.

A new campaign and report from BRC, 25-in-5: Unlocking energy efficiency through smart regulation, says the current policy landscape is “extremely complex and is not well aligned to the objectives set out under the Climate Change Act and leads to confusion in whether to address energy efficiency, carbon reduction or investment in low carbon technologies and generation.”

The BRC calculates that the retail industry could save at least £4bn of cumulative energy and carbon costs through a 25% reduction in energy consumption by 2020.

BRC says UK retailers have already made progress in saving energy, including:

  • A 33% reduction in carbon emissions in stores between 2005 and 2012
  • An overall drop in energy consumption from buildings of 50% based on 2005 levels.

BRC director general Helen Dickinson said: “Energy and energy efficiency are of strategic importance to Britain’s retailers. Through our 25-in-5 campaign, we believe we can build on what has been done so far to help drive energy efficiency across the retail industry”.

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