Despite the seemingly universal acceptance that industry needs
to invest in low-carbon, energy saving plant and equipment if
the UK is to meet its emissions reduction targets, a recent survey
carried out by Siemens Industry and The Energy Institute (EI)
has revealed that many senior energy specialists feel that the
financial sector shows little interest in supporting investment
in energy efficient technologies.
The Energy Institute's Chief Executive, Louise Kingham,
says: "To reach our carbon targets we must invest in energy
efficiency - this poll suggests businesses still face barriers
doing so." And Stephen Barker, Head of Energy at Siemens
Industry, speaks of "a critical gap in the actual delivery
of finance for investments in the wider end user community. This
is why businesses think we will miss our 2050 targets".
In their report to the Government, Siemens and EI say that their
survey demonstrated "significant blockages to liquidity
for companies wanting to become more energy efficient".
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