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Energy efficiency is the fastest, cheapest way to achieve net zero

A new apartment block behind terraced housing and flats in London
In the EU, buildings accounted for 35 per cent of energy-related emissions in 2021. Unlike cars or electrical appliances, they can’t be swapped for more efficient models, and stemming their losses has been difficult (Photo: Ayesha Kazim/Bloomberg)

Mike Umiker is managing director of the Energy Efficiency Movement

Reducing the amount of energy needed for a specific task is still not being used to its full potential as a climate solution

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