Merchants must push for greater eco growth

Published:  02 April, 2012

UK: The Department of Energy and Climate Change's annual figures on energy prices and consumption highlight the need for merchants to push for growth in the renewable and micro-generation market. 

Gibbs & Dandy welcomed the publication of the 2011 statistics on UK energy usage, supply and prices as further evidence of the need for renewable technologies to become a mainstream source of energy.

The statistics reveal a record high in the import of oil and natural gas, equivalent with levels seen in the 1970s, this is despite a fall in overall energy consumption, which is down 18.5% in the domestic sector and 2% for primary usage when compared with 2010.

In addition, household electricity and gas bills rose by 12.3% and 20.3% respectively, despite being among the lowest price in Europe – these trends all signalling a shift toward and increased demand for effective renewable energy sources.

"Some of the most revealing figures from DECC were the statistics on the growth in the renewables market," said Gibbs & Dandy group marketing director, Tania Tams.

"Low carbon electricity share increased from 23% to 28.5% and renewables share of generation increased by 2.5% to a record 9.5% of the total This shows a growing interest and investment in its production and consumption.

"When combined with pressure on UK gas and oil sources, energy price hikes and reduced domestic consumption of electricity and gas, partly driven by a conscious effort to live more sustainably, it is clear the market is in need of a renewed effort to introduce renewable technologies to the mainstream.

"Builders' merchants are ideally placed to make renewables and micro-generation a more accessible technology and should be looking to introduce greater range depth, as well as offering training and support for installers."

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