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Silence is not golden when it comes to energy efficiency, says Knauf Insulation
By Knauf Australia on March 14, 2014

Every child knows that if you don’t ask you don’t get. It’s the same with making the world a better place. If you don’t demand change for the better, nothing changes.

And when it comes to the need for energy efficiency, it’s a philosophy that’s at the heart of Knauf Insulation.

Every child knows that if you don’t ask you don’t get. It’s the same with making the world a better place. If you don’t demand change for the better, nothing changes.

And when it comes to the need for energy efficiency, it’s a philosophy that’s at the heart of Knauf Insulation.

Unfortunately politicians aren’t listening. So the volume has to be turned up.

On the eve of this week’s meeting of the European Council, Knauf Insulation has written to dozens of heads of state urging them to take every possible action to make the economy more energy efficient.

“We have absolutely no control over energy prices, but we can control energy efficiency,” says Barry Lynham, Group Director of Strategy and Communication.

“Greed is rarely good but everyone attending the European Council meeting has the chance to be greedy and good at the same time by seizing every possible opportunity save energy.”

Now more than ever this is an absolute imperative.

Research by the European Commission shows that energy efficiency has kept industry in Europe competitive, despite lower energy prices in other regions.

Analysis by the International Energy Agency reveals that by unlocking the ‘hidden energy’ of efficiency, huge energy price cuts can be achieved releasing millions of extra euros into the economy.

Then there is the issue of the 500 million euros Europe sends abroad every year to – often – vulnerable foreign energy suppliers. This money would be better spent on renovating homes to be more energy efficient, creating millions of new jobs in the process.

And what about environmental responsibility? Simply, emissions are slashed when energy use is reduced.

“Every child knows that if you don’t ask you don’t get,” says Lynham. “But if we don’t speak up for energy efficiency now, the children of future generations will pay for the implications of our silence.”