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Professor Peter Guthrie, Centre for Sustainable Development: Energy efficiency in the built environment

Themes: Energy and environment

Energy EfficiencyProfessor Peter Guthrie, Director of the Centre for Sustainable Development at the University of Cambridge, discusses some of the barriers to improving energy efficiency measures in the built environment. He explains that a staggering 75 per cent of existing buildings in the UK were built before 1975 and that the vast majority of these will still be in use in 2050. The technologies to retro-fit these buildings and improve their energy efficiency already exists. What is needed, he argues, is a real-time change of behaviour. Working with the property group Grosvenor on these issues, he explains how he hopes their new research with help influence built environment policies.