The Impact of UK government industrial energy efficiency research, development and demonstration programmes

P. Griffin, G.P. Hammond, K.R. Ng, J. Norman

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Abstract

Rapid change in the energy market brought on by the 1970s energy crises signalled the need for the UK Government to intervene in matters of energy use. The resulting programme of public Research, Development and Demonstration (RD&D) for industry persisted until the end of the 1980s. The authors investigated the impact of the Government's programme for industrial energy efficiency RD&D in this period. In a bottom-up/top-down comparison, it was found that public RD&D contributed significantly to the fall in industrial energy demand in the 1980s. The overall effectiveness of the government intervention is discussed with focus given to the Energy Efficiency Demonstration Scheme. This particular scheme is a good example of public-private collaboration in technology transfer and its effect was found to be a close representation of overall public RD&D impact on industrial energy use. While full-scale commercial demonstration schemes can be costly, they also carry a myriad of additional benefits. The scheme typically achieved most success in the energy intensive sectors. Despite the overall success of the scheme, it appears that not all of the resulting lessons have been heeded.
Original languageEnglish
Pages2368-2382
Number of pages15
Publication statusPublished - 2011
EventProceedings of the 24th International Conference on Efficiency, Cost, Optimization, Simulation and Environmental Impact of Energy Systems, ECOS 2011 - Noiv Sad, Serbia
Duration: 4 Jul 20117 Jul 2011

Conference

ConferenceProceedings of the 24th International Conference on Efficiency, Cost, Optimization, Simulation and Environmental Impact of Energy Systems, ECOS 2011
CountrySerbia
CityNoiv Sad
Period4/07/117/07/11

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