Energy efficiency

Over the next few decades making better use of energy resources will be just as important as finding alternative sources of supply.

For example, in industry this could mean developing more energy-efficient processes while in our homes it could involve better insulation or smart systems for saving energy from domestic lighting and appliances. In this area it is especially important to address the social and economic issues that influence how we use technology and how much we are prepared to pay for energy-saving products.

By continuing our work in this area we aim to both better understand influences on energy demand and provide mechanisms by which it can be reduced. As a result the UK demand for energy can then be reduced through the development of both policy and new technologies.

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