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Editor: David Keighley
10th October 2013

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". More information at


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David Keighley

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