Richard Lambert, CBI director-general, said: "With £15 million a day being wasted on energy by businesses and households every day, we need easy-to-access support and incentives to encourage improved insulation in homes and offices, a switch to more fuel-efficient cars, and other energy savings steps."
He added that the boiler scrappage scheme mentioned in the pre budget report was a "step in the right direction".
Recommendations made to businesses included monitoring their energy usage more and engaging their workforce, customers and supply chain in energy saving efforts.
The Carbon Trust also recently suggested that a net benefit of £4 billion could be made by introducing energy efficiency measures to all commercial properties in the UK.
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