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The 2016 UK Energy Productivity Audit

Published on 18 November 2016

The 2016 UK Energy Productivity Audit was produced and published by a coalition of organisations representing interests from across the energy system.

The 2016 UK Energy Productivity Audit | ADE publications

The coalition included the Association for Decentralised Energy, Association for the Conservation of Energy, Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers, Confederation of Paper Industries, Energy Institute, Energy Services and Technology Association, Greenpeace, Institution of Mechanical Engineers and the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds.

Main Findings

  • The productivity of the UK economy rose by £1.7 billion between 2010 and 2015 as a result of industrial, services and domestic sector energy efficiency investments.
  • The UK's energy bill reached £140 billion in 2015, the equivalent of 7.6% of the economy but the efficiency of electricity supply has remained broadly unchanged, improving only 2 percentage points in the last 5 years.
  • Current renewable energy and energy efficiency policies are only able to take the UK around half way towards meeting the 2030 Carbon Budget, leaving a significant policy gap. 
  • The UK lags far behind many of its European peers in terms of progress of energy efficiency policies. According to expert views, Germany, the Netherlands and France have all adopted significantly better policies than the UK since 2011.


Far more significant energy productivity improvements are needed to deliver our long-term climate goals with lowest ecological risk while also supporting economic growth and competition.

Call to action

The coalition calls on the Department for Business, Energy and Industry Strategy to address this critical policy gap and use the review to prioritise helping businesses to make additional energy productivity investments and improvements as part of the Government’s new Industrial Strategy.

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