EPolitix- Government urged to cut energy waste

An influential left-leaning think tank has said the government should clamp down on the nation’s waste of power.

The Institute for Public Policy Research wants industry, the public sector and households to cut energy use to help lower carbon emissions and reduce the need for new nuclear power stations.

In a new report the IPPR said concerns about security of supply have dominated the debate about the UK’s future energy mix and focused attention on nuclear power.

However the think tank has calculated that almost four times more energy could be saved by using it more efficiently over the next two decades than could be generated by replacing all the UK’s nuclear reactors over the same period.

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