UK energy and the built environment: A fact sheet

Client:
Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS)
Start date:
June 2007
Completed:
July 2007

Brook Lyndhurst developed, for RICS, a fact-sheet detailing energy production and consumption in the UK, including information on trends and a particular focus on the use of renewables.

Objectives
The project aimed to provide RICS with specific information on energy production and consumption in the UK and on energy consumption in the built environment. We were also asked to provide commentary on the trends recorded and to outline the key issues for energy and the built environment going forward.

Methodology
The project was conducted using desk research. We identified the most reliable sources for the information requested (making particular use of information produced by the DTI) and used the knowledge gained from both this and previous projects to provide a commentary and to identify the upcoming issues for energy and the built environment in the UK.

Findings
We presented key facts on UK energy production and consumption and on the use of renewables in the UK, showing, for example, that the domestic sector accounts for a large part of the built environment's energy consumption. We also highlighted that in its Energy White Paper, the Government itself outlined two major challenges facing the country which would undoubtedly affect the built environment: tackling climate change by reducing carbon dioxide emissions and ensuring secure, clean and affordable energy.

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