Improving Energy Efficiency Rates Across Europe
Improving Energy Efficiency in Commercial Energy Systems deals with the relationship between human psychology, organizational structure, technology, climate, economics, and psychology of the building and construction industries. The authors examine several issues such as an increasing need for information sharing, an increasingly global economy, technological innovations, and climate change. Improving Energy Efficiency in Commercial Energy Systems deals with an interdisciplinary view in studying energy efficiency in commercial energy systems, and studies how cross-pulling concepts and psychological approaches from the social and behavioral science fields can improve understanding of energy audits, architectural constraints, energy consumption, power management, environmental impact, and energy policy. The study shows how studying these various topics together can help managers, building officials, and regulatory agencies to identify and address problems about efficiency, environmental impact, cost, technology, and government policies.
In the United Kingdom
there are currently 7 billion pounds worth of buildings that are up for renewal and another billion pounds worth of buildings that are being planned or are already in the planning stages. The UK government is supporting research and development of new methods to help reduce costs while improving efficiency and reducing carbon emissions. Improving energy efficiency in commercial buildings is a key element in this effort. This article examines five strategies that the UK government is using to implement an improvement strategy for commercial buildings in the UK.
One strategy focuses on improving energy efficiency
by replacing aged and outmoded equipment with newer, modern equipment that is more efficient. Another strategy focuses on improving energy efficiency by improving lighting. Improvements in the lighting of commercial buildings could significantly reduce energy costs and reduce the negative environmental impacts of commercial buildings. Strategies focusing on improving energy efficiency and on renewable energy can also have significant positive health benefits.
Other strategies focused on improving energy efficiency
involve reducing the use of water when possible. Industrial buildings account for a large amount of water consumption. It is estimated that almost 25% of the water used in the UK’s domestic sector is used for industry. Reducing the amount of water used and conserving water can have a significant positive impact on the environment and the industry as a whole. The combination of conserving water and other innovative methods of improving energy efficiency, while employing renewable energy sources, can have a great impact on both the economy and the environment.
One European country that is a leading nation
in both the conservation of the environment and its efforts to improve energy efficiency is Belgium. It is a member of the European Union and has a system of renewable energy taxes that require large producers to pay a portion of their greenhouse gas output. Because of this policy, it has become important for Belgium to improve its environmental standards to attract new businesses and encourage investment. Many new businesses are choosing to establish operations in Belgium and other European countries such as the UK because of the combination of favorable tax conditions and climate.
Because of the combination of good tax structures
excellent energy efficiencies, and a focus on improving energy efficiency, it has become necessary for governments to provide incentives to businesses to move plants closer to urban centers to make greater use of energy savings when possible. It is hoped that by creating more demand for efficient office space and building design, companies will be encouraged to take the steps necessary to protect the environment. If you own or operate a business that uses energy inefficient equipment, you may want to contact your tax professional to discuss various energy efficiency performance certifications available to help you qualify for rebates or incentives. Energy performance certificates are readily available from a variety of suppliers.