This report examines broadly the possibilities for conservation of energy in the most important sectors of the economy. There are chapters on patterns of energy consumption, domestic energy, commercial and public buildings, transport, industry (five important sectors in particular), energy industries, efficiency of energy utilisation, environmental and social aspects, and routes towards energy conservation. Transport has, from 1960 to 1972, kept to about 15% of the national energy consumption. Efficiency of energy usage by railways, in changing from coal to oil, has increased five-fold. In the same time, use of oil for road transport doubled. Shifting freight from road to rail would yield relatively little saving. Use of car-pooling or bicycling for work journeys could save 10-20% of all car mileage. Greater use of buses would also be beneficial. Diesel, or improved petrol engines could cut cars' fuel consumption, as would lighter cars. A standard driving cycle should be used in stating petrol mileage for new cars. Applications of new technology, such as battery cars, should be studied. Recommendations are made for improving conservation: there should be greater coordination among the many areas with mutual influence; the new advisory council on energy conservation will aid this objective. Inter-disciplinary collaboration should increase in studies of related social, economic and technological aspects of better use of energy. /TRRL/

  • Corporate Authors:

    Her Majesty Stationary Office

    49 High Holborn
    London WC1V 6HB,   England 
  • Publication Date: 1974-12


  • English

Media Info

  • Features: Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 114 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00125024
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport and Road Research Laboratory (TRRL)
  • Report/Paper Numbers: R&D Rept.
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS
  • Created Date: Nov 18 1975 12:00AM