Trust supports call to address electricity system waste

Report shows how the UK electricity system wastes £9.5 billion from the loss of energy before it reaches homes and businesses

Less waste report graphic detail

The John Muir Trust has joined 13 organisations, led by the Association for Decentralised Energy, in backing the 'Less Waste, More Growth: Boosting Energy Productivity'report.

These organisations, ranging from industrial manufacturers to leading environmental groups  are united by a shared vision of creating a more efficient, competitive, low carbon Britain through a common purpose to cut this waste.

The report features new analysis showing how the UK electricity system wastes a staggering £9.5 billion from the loss of energy before it reaches homes and businesses.

It calls for an increase in Government ambition on energy productivity and sets out recommendations which, if implemented, could reduce this wasteful inefficiency.

The analysis identifies the total loss of energy is worth the equivalent of £354 per household, more than half the average UK annual electricity bill (£592). Most significantly, however, it estimates that this waste equals the power generated by: 37 nuclear power stations; a landmass the size of England of bioenergy crops; or wind turbines covering 40% of Scotland.

Read the full report.