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Lighting still the top energy efficiency product for businesses

Lighting still the top energy efficiency product for businesses

Lighting still the top energy efficiency product for businesses

High-efficiency lighting retained its place as the most popular technology for UK businesses seeking to lower their power consumption and reduce their carbon footprint during the second quarter of this year.

That's despite deployment of this particular measure falling from a rolling four-quarter average of 70 per cent to 59 per cent during the three months from April to June.

These findings are from the latest Energy Efficiency Trends report from Bloomberg New Energy Finance and performance measurement and verification specialists EEVS, which was based on surveys of 55 consumer organisations and 34 suppliers.

The research showed that adoption of solar power and behaviour change projects experienced a similar decline to energy-efficient lighting, with both of these approaches dropping below their four-quarter averages.

Building energy management systems (BEMS) - which can help office managers to monitor and control functions like heating, lighting, ventilation and air conditioning - are now the second most popular technology behind high-efficiency lighting.

Smart metering also saw a "material increase" in uptake during the second quarter, the study revealed.

In their introduction to the report, Tom Rowlands-Rees of Bloomberg New Energy Finance and Ian Jeffries of EEVS said: "This quarter's results have shown some material shifts in consumer buying preferences. Until now, lighting has been the dominant technology of choice. It is still top of the pile, but consumer interest in BEMS and smart metering has shot up considerably.

"Lighting looks to have taken much of the hit and we saw an uncharacteristically sharp dip this quarter. If this trend were to continue, these performance management-based technologies could potentially challenge lighting for the top spot in the forthcoming quarters."

Deploying systems like these is one of the many strategies your business could use to boost efficiency and reduce its carbon footprint.

Other measures that could have a big impact on efficiency and sustainability include educating employees on energy saving and selecting partners and service providers whose green credentials and policies match your own.

The Brexit question

For many UK businesses, one of the most pressing questions of recent months has related to Britain's decision to leave the European Union and the consequences this could have for their operation.

In the latest Energy Efficiency Trends report, nearly three-quarters (73 per cent) of consumer organisations said it remained "business as usual" following the EU membership referendum. However, a quarter (25 per cent) said the 'Brexit' result had either a minor or major impact on their energy-saving investment plans.

Improving energy efficiency could become an increasingly common priority if businesses are faced with increased costs, with more than half (55 per cent) of firms anticipating higher bills as a result of the UK exiting the EU and only four per cent expecting lower prices.

Four out of ten respondents (42 per cent) thought there would be no material change in the cost of procuring energy efficiency technologies, but 32 per cent predicted price increases.

Another key question relates to how Brexit will affect energy policies and regulation in the UK. More than half (55 per cent) of the businesses surveyed thought the current EU rules should be revised or scaled back and only six per cent said they should be scrapped entirely.

 

Posted by William Rodriguez

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