by Emma Petela 24th February, 2016
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Energy Efficiency: The Future is Bonfield

One question currently dominating the conversations of those involved in the energy efficiency sector is whether the Bonfield Review – or recently rebranded Every Home Matters review – will lead to any promising opportunities.

Businesses involved in this sector have had a turbulent few years. With the Green Deal somewhat predictably falling flat on its face, cuts to Feed-in Tariffs and changes to the reduced rate of VAT for energy saving materials, it is unsurprising that there have been so many stories of companies folding under these challenging market pressures.

The Government endorsed, but independent, review currently being undertaken by Peter Bonfield from BRE Group provides a glimmer of hope for those companies who have managed to weather the storm. The review is focused on consumer advice, protection, standards and enforcement for energy efficiency and renewable energy.

Continuing the trend of the last Government, Bonfield has been tasked with ensuring that consumer protection sits at the heart of the review. It will seek to draw together evidence of weaknesses in the existing framework of standards and propose how it can be made more robust for consumers, while encouraging investment and promoting innovation.

For those of us who have followed the review process since its inception, it’s clear that there is an appetite for change. Bonfield and his team of civil servants have stressed the importance of moving away from an industry built on the back of government subsidy, to one which is led by the private sector. Organisations are being urged to submit examples of good practice to the review team and it’s likely that these will be core to the findings and recommendations announced by the review team in March.

For those organisations who can articulate success stories, easy wins and private sector initiatives, there appears to be a brighter future on the horizon. At GK Strategy we are working hard with our clients to demonstrate the valuable contributions they make to this agenda.

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