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Top energy efficiency strategies recommended for businesses

Top energy efficiency strategies recommended for businesses

Top energy efficiency strategies recommended for businesses

If improving energy efficiency is on the list of goals for your business, the chances are you will have investigated various ways of cutting power consumption and reducing your carbon footprint.

You might have considered changes in the sort of appliances you use in the workplace, or looked into the green credentials of any external service suppliers you work with, such as cleaning companies. Both of these strategies can prove effective when it comes to improving environmental performance.

Those firms searching for new approaches to energy efficiency could benefit from following advice offered by the organisers of the Energy Management Exhibition (EMEX), which will come to the ExCeL Centre in London on November 16th and 17th.

As part of the build-up to this year's show, the company behind the event highlighted a number of methods and measures that can deliver tangible results. It made the point that targeted staff training can be extremely useful, potentially offering savings of up to 30 per cent on utility bills.

"[The] latest developments in behavioural change can help your business to engage with your staff so they become active players in reducing operating costs while improving sustainability credentials - all this with no capital outlay and no interruption of day-to-day business," EMEX said.

Several experts in energy-focused behavioural change will be sharing their knowledge at the November exhibition, including sustainability managers from University College London and construction contractor Skanska, and the energy and environmental manager at the Bank of England.

If your firm is looking to make major changes to enhance efficiency, one potential route to consider is increasing the share of renewables in your overall energy mix. Sustainable sources such as wind and solar power now account for 25 per cent of all electricity generation in the UK, up from nine per cent in 2011.

EMEX noted that switching to renewables is a "substantial and yet untapped opportunity for most businesses to reduce costs and meet carbon emissions targets rapidly".

It added: "Alternatively, instead of buying all of your energy from suppliers, you can install renewables technology - also called micro-generation - and low-carbon technology to generate your own."

There's no doubt that companies will be expected to improve their environmental performance and reduce carbon emissions in the coming years. The built environment will be at the heart of these efforts, as the government seeks to address the fact that approximately half of the UK's CO2 output is the result of energy used in homes and buildings.

Businesses will need to prepare for a number of legislative reforms, including one change scheduled for April 2018 that will prohibit the granting of new leases for commercial properties with an Energy Performance Certificate rating lower than 'E'.

EMEX 2016 will feature more than 120 exhibitors that could help you put your organisation on the right path to achieve greater efficiency, including utilities suppliers, consultants, equipment manufacturers and training providers.

 

Posted by Julie Tucker

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