Report: large businesses rely on safe, secure and cost effective energy

Exec Survey in partnership with British Gas conducted research into the current thinking of UK businesses around energy usage. The survey aimed to provide a snapshot of the role energy plays in UK businesses as they strive to deliver services in a challenging economic environment.

The online questionnaire was completed by 131 senior managers, directors and c-suite executives from a broad range of organisations, which included the manufacturing, finance, transportation and retail industries.

Key findings

  • 36% of participants told us they have an advanced energy strategy
  • When asked what best describes the role of energy in their organisation, 50% of participants told us the majority of spend goes on powering machinery and equipment
  • When asked how interested participants were in energy related issues, the majority (67%) were very interested in reducing their carbon footprint
  • Payback on implementing green energy measures was too long-term according to 58% of those surveyed
  • Over half of those surveyed told us that government mandated regulation, such as the Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme (ESOS) and the Climate Change Levy (CCL), was frustrating but that it does enforce good practice on large organisations
  • With regards to specific energy generation or carbon reduction assets, the area given the most priority (high and medium priority) by those surveyed is LED lighting (88%) followed by building management controls (72%)

See Mike Chessum’s webinar about the survey results and the evolution of the energy market for large businesses.

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