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The need to make the most of our resources, or
‘do more with less’ has become increasingly important, given the
challenge of reducing our fiscal deficit and with many having to
tighten purse strings at home.
The efficient use of water, energy and
materials, and the minimisation of waste can provide valuable
bottom-line savings for public services, businesses and
Resource efficiency is also fundamental to
addressing the great global challenges of the 21st
century: climate change, resource scarcity and security of
Meeting rising demand simply by seeking to
increase supply is no longer an option.
For example, at a time when we increasingly
rely on imported supplies of fossil fuels, we need to reduce demand
in order to improve our energy security. And alternative
sources alone (i.e., renewables, nuclear or fossil fuels with
carbon capture) will not be enough to meet our commitments under
the Climate Change Act to cut UK carbon emissions by 34% by 2020
and at least 80% by 2050. Energy efficiency – or as it has
been termed ‘the fourth resource’ - must therefore be the
foundation of our energy policy and a green economy.
Resource efficiency can be achieved by simple cost-effective measures, and yet provide multiple benefits.
There are a number of policy developments influencing the resource efficiency agenda.
The impacts of resource efficiency measures can be far reaching, but to be successful they must also be long-lasting.
Energy is a big issue right now - but how can we be more energy efficient?
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The need to make the most of our resources, or ‘do
more with less’ has become increasingly important.