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ENERGY
The retail sector recognises the importance of tackling energy consumption to enable the UK to effectively tackle UK carbon emissions and their contribution to climate change. The linkages and co-benefits of enhanced energy efficiency are well known and the sector has done much to address energy consumption both from a carbon and cost management point of view.

As we face increasing reliance on energy and fuels imported through an oftentimes volatile global market, as well as an increase in demand for energy consuming products, it is vital that energy efficiency acts as the cornerstone for effective climate change mitigation. Adopting a focussed and harmonised approach to Energy and Climate policy in the UK could significantly accelerate action in meeting national and international climate change targets as well as addressing security of supply concerns.

Current policies addressing energy consumption for the retail sector include:

- Mandatory Greenhouse Gas Emissions reporting: Mandatory scheme that places a requirement on all companies listed on the main market of the London Stock Exchange to provide annual reports GHG emissions reports from 1 October 2013.

- Carbon Reduction Commitments Energy Efficiency Scheme: Mandatory Cap and Trade scheme aimed at promoting energy management and efficiency within large and medium sized private and public sector organisations.

- Energy Performance in Buildings Directive: The Energy Performance in Buildings Directive was introduced to drive a reduction in energy use and carbon dioxide emissions in both private and public commercial buildings and places a requirement for all properties (homes, commercial and public buildings) must have an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) when sold, built or rented

Future Policy will focus on maximising energy efficiency within the UK as part of our commitments under the Energy Bill. The BRC is working closely with Government to provide expertise and uinput into policy development from a retail perspective.
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