This review of Scottish Government activities and international practices presents an overview of government initiatives that relate to energy productivity, and presents case studies of changes in the industrial and commercial sectors.

The findings and conclusions are based on reviews of policies and regulations, interviews with key stakeholders, reviews of energy and economic statistics and reviews of documentation from specific industries and commercial activities. 

The report suggests that while much has been achieved in Scotland in recent years, there is much more that could be done should energy productivity be deemed to be a governance priority. The governance measures and case studies presented throughout point to several distinctive areas of work that would support this aim.

Energy productivity broadens the framing and thinking associated with longstanding areas of government policy in asking what associated measurable characteristics should and could be accounted for. This would involve rethinking current approaches to energy efficiency, renewable energy and energy saving advice as integrated elements of a broader governance agenda on energy productivity.