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Energy Efficiency in UK Public Buildings: What Can be Done Next?

Kas Mohammed, VP of Digital Energy at Schneider Electric UKI, comments on the UK government’s announced rollout of £635 million of support for energy efficiency measures across public buildings as part of a wider package worth £1.43 billion.

The UK government plans to roll out £635m to boost energy efficiency across public buildings. This is the second part of an overall package worth £1.43bn that aims to reduce emissions from public sector buildings between 2022 and 2025.

Decarbonising buildings that are responsible for an estimated 40 per cent of the planet’s total greenhouse gas emissions, is a crucial step to tackle climate change. There is a clear desire for this overhaul to happen and investments like the one announced today can result in considerable savings of both money and carbon. This is even more poignant in a time when the energy crisis continues to affect individuals and businesses.

It’s great to see the emphasis be put on efficiency, as 30 per cent of building power usage goes to waste. For too long the focus has been on the switch to renewables – which, whilst important, has limited benefits if our buildings continue to waste energy at the current rate.

Tracking and measuring our energy consumption with smart technology is an open goal for creating efficient public buildings. Smart buildings, bristling with IoT sensors, can offer real-time data analytics and insights, allowing public sector facilities decision-makers to spend more wisely, whilst improving occupant experience.

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Kas Mohammed

Kas Mohammed is vice-president of Digital Energy at Schneider Electric UK and Ireland.

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