The Energy Technologies List (ETL) was established in 2001 to overcome barriers relating to the purchase of highly energy-efficient plant and machinery products in the UK by:

  • Addressing information barriers – The ETL provides accessible, comparable information about the best performing products by class, which makes it easier for businesses to take account of lifetime costs, including both upfront capital costs and ongoing operating costs.
  • Providing independent assurance of asset performance – The ETL aims to provide energy-efficiency information that is verified by an unbiased and trustworthy source, increasing buyer confidence in the performance of the best performing products.
  • Reducing transaction costs for business – The ETL can reduce costs for purchases as it reduces the time and effort taken to make energy-efficient purchasing decisions. It can also reduce the cost of sale for sellers by helping to identify and build trust with customers, or in tendering due to the independent product verification.

BEIS estimates the minimum level of ‘listed products’ sold in the UK per year as a direct result of the ETL at around 4% of total sales. This results in energy savings of 1.5TWh and carbon savings of 0.4MtCO2e per annum. This is considerably less than the potential. The estimated benefits of ETL compliant products making up 100% of sales, potential savings of 73TWh and 17MtCO2e over Carbon Budget 5 (2028-2032) might be achieved in addition to the current level.

However, higher energy and carbon savings will only be realised through this policy if it can successfully provide businesses with access to trusted information sources across their supply chains that support decision making based on life cycle costs. This is because many businesses focus on the larger initial capital outlay required for highly energy efficient assets over lower performing alternatives. The use of life cycle analysis methods should demonstrate that the total cost of ownership of energy-efficient assets tends to be far lower than cheaper, less efficient ones.

This document sets out BEIS’ vision for the future direction of the ETL to help realise greater carbon and energy savings and promote green technologies. In partnership with stakeholders, the Government wants to ensure that: –

  • the ETL works for all its potential users across the supply chain;
  • it increases the ease of access to the ETL’s extensive database; and
  • it seizes new opportunities to support and encourage business uptake of new low carbon technologies.

This consultation suggests several strategies to increase awareness and use of the list and is seeking views on whether its development plans will drive change to achieve the estimated goals. These include:

  • Re-branding to increase awareness and visibility across the whole supply chain;
  • Using the ETL to encourage linkages and information flows between users; and
  • Improving the ETL to be recognised as the low carbon information source and procurement tool for commercial or non-domestic buildings.

We are formulating our response to the consultation and would welcome any thoughts you may have that could assist the Government to achieve their aims. The consultation closes on 7 August 2020. To have your say, please email the compliance team at or to discuss this further please call Melanie Kendall-Reid on 01252 87 87 22.

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