Environment Agency launches energy efficiency consultation

The Environment Agency has launched a public consultation on its energy efficiency guidance notes for all sectors of industry, as part of the new Integrated Pollution Prevention and Control (IPPC) legislation (see related story).

The guidance notes are designed to ensure that the regulatory requirements of the IPPC rules are complementary to climate change or trading agreements, for example with the reporting of energy information. The document also gives descriptions of the basic principles of energy efficiency and energy efficiency techniques, and provides information on the requirements for the appraisal of costs and benefits of energy efficiency options.

The document also provides conversion factors for assessing the environmental impact of energy consumption, and outlines a cost benefit benchmark in terms of £/tonne of carbon dioxide, the value of which is due to be confirmed in the light of information arising from the Government’s Climate Change Agreements and emissions trading mechanisms.

Responses to the consultation should be sent by 14 September 2001 by post to Graham Winter, Consultation Co-ordinator, Environment Agency, Block 1, Government Buildings, Burghill Road, Westbury-on-Trym, Bristol BS10 6BF, fax number 0117 914 2827 or by email to graham.winter@environment-agency.gov.uk.

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