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Time for the RAC industry to lobby government

The RAC industry needs to start lobbying Government to influence policy, including the need for incentives to encourage the take-up of energy efficient technology, according to speakers at the International Refrigeration Committee (IRC) business briefing.

The event, organised by the international refrigeration commitee of the IOR, saw a wide range of representatives from the international community come together to discuss the technology versus policy debate, which concluded that the industry should collectively contribute to setting the agenda.

Dr Penny Dunbabin, senior scientific officer at the Department for Energy and Climate Change concurred, “There needs to be a more dialogue with the Government to create a longer term policy for the industry.

“There is an opportunity to think differently. You need to create a challenge for reduction. The Government is constrained by what technology is on the market at the moment at any given time, while relevant data takes up to five years to produce, and can be outdated by that time.

Graeme Maidment, director of research and knowledge transfer at the South Bank University, said: “There needs to be a step change incorporating developed technology, backed by incentivising legislation to encourage the take-up. This factor is essential, look at the way people jumped on the solar PV bandwagon. But it should also be remembered that there’s no one solution for this issue, a degree of flexibility needs to be incorporated.”

It was highlighted that the RAC industry accounts for 16 per cent of all UK electricity and 10 per cent of greenhouse gas emissions, and yet it fails to be part of Government priority in terms of carbon reduction policy – it was claimed the recent solar PV initiative would contribute just 0.6 per cent of electricity.

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