Steven’s Books

Energy Efficiency

Energy Efficiency is a comprehensive guide for managers and policy-makers to the fundamental questions underpinning energy efficiency and the responses to it. The result is the most comprehensive review to-date of the barriers and opportunities associated with the efficient utilization of energy. Clearly written and erudite, Steven Fawkes addresses every aspect of energy efficiency, including the huge and vitally important untapped potential offered by effective energy management and the application of existing technology. He also identifies the barriers and how they can be overcome, and he provides a comprehensive review of innovative energy efficiency financing options. This book is a ‘must read’ for anyone with an interest in energy supply and demand reduction.


“We are at the early stage of an exciting journey in terms of greater energy efficiency but Steve Fawkes has been a powerful and expert advocate of efficiency for many years. I very much welcome the contribution Steve’s new work can play in helping us navigate an exciting path forward.“ — The Rt. Hon. Gregory Barker, Minister of State for the Department of Energy and Climate Change

“This book is clearly written, practical and honest. It will be very useful for businesses and policy makers alike. It is also a useful text for researchers and experts involved in interdisciplinary research and projects that need to incorporate energy efficiency such as low-carbon city planning.” — John Thwaites, Chairman, Monash Sustainability Institute, Monash University, Australia

“A soaring perspective form arguably the most experienced and committed expert in the field. A must-read for policy makers, their advisers and students of the subject.” — Vilnis Vesma, Director and Editor, VESMA.COM

“This superb book should be in all the big company boardrooms.” — Andrew Bainbridge, Chairman, Major Energy Users Council

“Everyone talks about energy efficiency. Steve Fawkes makes it happen.” — Walt Patterson, Associate Fellow Chatham House, London

“…should be read by all building owners, politicians, investors, utilty executives and consumers looking to understand the critical subject of energy efficiency.” — John Picard, John Picard & Associates, Green Building guru and founding member of US Green Building Council

“Steve Fawkes’s important book shines a much needed spotlight on the abundant energy waste that afflicts all of the world’s major economies and demonstrates practical ways that can be used to improve our energy productivity and protect our environment without compromising economic growth.” — Jim Kapsis, Senior Director, Market Development & Stratgey, Opower Inc

“Dr. Fawkes’ monumental work on energy efficiency improvement and emission reduction has been very inspirational for our project design and implementation in China. We are grateful to Dr. Fawkes for summarizing and sharing his invaluable long-term first-hand experiences in finding and optimizing suitable low-carbon solutions that are not only technically feasible, but also financially viable and environmentally friendly. His book will be a good reference for those who share the same vision and passion for resource conservation and development sustainability.” — Kangbin Zheng, Head, Private Sector Coordination, Asian Development Bank Resident Mission in the People’s Republic of China

Outsourcing Energy Management

This book describes energy management outsourcing as a way of addressing the current energy challenges facing all organisations, namely high and volatile energy prices, the need to mitigate climate change and potential supply constraints as oil production peaks. These problems are likely to intensify in the coming years, yet most organisations have reduced in-house capability to address them, thus outsourcing is seen as an essential part of any strategy to reduce energy use and carbon emissions. The author describes the basic processes of energy management and how to outsource them in a strategic way to achieve maximum results. The book offers a comprehensive guide to outsourcing energy management, discussing the risks and benefits and taking managers through the process of deciding whether to outsource or not, and finding and assessing an outsourcing partner. Managers looking to reduce energy consumption and carbon emissions through the use of external service providers will find Outsourcing Energy Management an ideal ‘how to do it’ guide.


“This is a thought provoking book, stimulating new ideas about how we use energy, providing practical advice for improving energy management through the use of professional energy services companies. Building owners and a wide range of people in the property and facility management industries should find it useful.” — David Gann, CBE, CEng, FICE, FRSA, Vice President Imperial College and Professor of Innovation and Technology Management

“This book is an important guide for managers wanting to implement outsourced solutions that wil result in lower energy use and reduced carbon emissions.” — Gordon Parsons, Managing Director, npower business

“A good work that one reads with pleasure and that will certainly contribute to build the case for outsourcing amongst top deciders. Congratulations for a very fine book.” — Luis Pais Correia, CEO, Dalkia plc

Best Practices and Case Studies for Industrial Energy Efficiency Improvement: An Introduction for Policy Makers — with Kit Oung and David Thorpe

This book is a guide for policy makers looking to implement new, or accelerate existing, policies to promote industrial energy efficiency. It focuses on major industries and opportunities for improving energy efficiency and on non-OECD countries. It sets out the case for strong policies to promote improved efficiency in industry, discusses the institutional issues for policy makers, and then sets out the principles of effective policies around information provision, regulation, finance and fiscal matters, and innovation. It illustrates the principles by the extensive use of case studies of global best practice.

To be published Q1 2016

Steven has published more than 250 energy related articles and blogs. He has also contributed to several influential industry reports and calls for evidence including:

  • Less Waste, More Growth. Boosting Energy Productivity”.Association for Distributed Energy. 2015.
  • Invisible Energy”, Association for Distributed Energy. 2015
  • D3: Opportunities for Integrating Demand Side Policies” – Department of Energy & Climate Change and the Alliance for Energy Management. 2014.
  • “Building efficiency: reducing energy demand in the commercial sector” – Westminster Sustainable Business Forum & Policy Connect. 2013, Energy Institute Responses to DECC EEDO Calls for Evidence on EDR and ESOS. 2013
  • Co-chaired D3 (Demand Management, Demand Response, Distributed Generation) Group formed to respond to UK government Electricity Market Reform consultation.
  • “Energy Efficiency. The Untapped Business Opportunity”. Westminster Sustainable Business Forum & Policy Connect. 2011
  • “Unlocking investment to deliver Britain’s low carbon future”. Green Investment Bank Commission. 2010
  • Westminster Sustainable Business Forum & Policy Connect, “Energy Efficiency. The Untapped Business Opportunity”, 2011
  • Green Investment Bank Commission, “Unlocking investment to deliver Britain’s low carbon future”, 2010
  • “ESCO feasibility study”, report for Manchester Knowledge Capital. 2007