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June 29, 2012

2012 EEI: UK Results

There was strong interest in energy efficiency among building executives in the UK: 84% said energy management was very or extremely important to their organizations (compared to 64% in 2011), and 82% said they were paying more attention to energy in 2012 than in 2011.



Among the other findings:


  • Sixty percent of UK respondents had invested in energy efficiency in the past year, the highest percentage in Europe. Thirty-four percent had invested in renewable energy, more closely aligned to the global average. Forty percent of business executives planned to increase spending on efficiency and renewables in the next 12 months while 41% expected investment to stay the same.


  • Top carbon reduction strategies in the UK were improving energy efficiency in buildings (25%) and implementing behavior programs targeting employees and building occupants (13%).


  • Energy cost savings, government or utility incentives or rebates, and increasing the asset value of buildings led as drivers for energy efficiency action. Globally, the main drivers were energy cost savings, government or utility incentives or rebates, and enhanced brand or public image.

  • Thirty-two percent of respondents planned to pursue green certification in new buildings, and 38% percent in existing buildings; 50% had at least one certified green building.

  • The UK led Europe in behavior-based engagement as an energy savings approach. Energy-focused behavioral or educational programs were undertaken by 46% of the organizations. The other measures in the top three for the UK were lighting improvements (64%) and HVAC and/or controls improvements (50%).

  • When asked which on-site technologies they expected to see the greatest market adoption in the next 10 years, executives selected lighting technologies (29%), solar PV (24%), and advanced building materials (23%) as their top three choices.

  • The UK had the longest allowable payback among the EU countries surveyed, though payback requirements are tightening in the UK as well: the average allowable payback on efficiency projects averaged 3.5 years, versus 3.7 years in 2011.

  • The top barrier to pursuing energy efficiency in UK was lack of funding to pay for improvements (25%), followed by uncertainty regarding savings or performance (18%) and insufficient payback or ROI (13%).

  • When asked which energy policy would have the greatest impact on improving energy efficiency in buildings, 29% of executives selected tax credits/incentives, 21% said low interest financing for energy upgrades, and 20% chose stricter building codes and equipment standards.

  • Sixty percent of UK respondents measured and recorded data at least weekly, and 21% reviewed and analyzed data at least weekly, both higher than the global averages (56% and 20%).

  • The top three energy management practices already adopted in UK respondents’ facilities were tracking and analyzing energy data (55%), measuring and verifying energy project savings (48%), and performing energy audits of facilities or equipment (45%).

Survey Respondent Demographics:

To qualify for the EEI survey, respondents must have budget responsibility for at least one nonresidential building, and their responsibilities must include energy use, either through monitoring of usage or proposing or approving energy-related projects. The EEI survey is conducted anonymously. Among UK respondents, 64% classified their facilities as commercial, 21% as institutional (government buildings, hospitals and schools), and 16% as industrial. Thirty-one percent of respondents managed more than 500,000 square feet.

June 2012

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