Energy efficiency market needs skills, education and innovation

Investment in training, public awareness and innovation of industry business models are vital for the growth and longevity of the energy efficiency market, a new report says.

The Trust and certainty report was commissioned by the Supply Chain Insight Group – a collaborative effort from the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC), SummitSkills, Building Futures and the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB). It was researched by Skyblue Research.

The report’s findings will feed into the Bonfield Review, the government-commissioned assessment of current domestic energy policy led by BRE chief executive Peter Bonfield. Due to release its conclusions next March, the review is looking at industry standards, consumer protection and enforcement of energy efficiency schemes.

The Trust and certainty report recommends priority areas that can help stabilise the energy efficiency market, including:

  • Tackling energy-related skills deficiencies in the workforce by investing in training. Gaps in knowledge are a significant barrier to the market’s growth
  • Inspiring innovation within the industry: developing new business models to stimulate client demand will help achieve sustainable growth
  • Educating industry and consumers about the benefits of efficient energy use and helping more people adopt energy efficient practices.

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