Energy can account for a large part of overheads. Therefore, reducing business energy consumption and carbon emissions is a top priority for many organisations.

Reducing demand

If the UK is to meet its plans to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by at least 80% from 1990 levels by 2050, energy efficiency will have to increase across all sectors. Moving to a more energy efficient, low-carbon economy will help to hit this goal.

Yet, although organisations are under pressure to meet carbon reduction and environmental targets, it can be tricky to identify the right solutions.

They face a number of initiatives and partnerships all intended to improve energy efficiency. At the same time, it can be difficult to prove the business case for investment due to long payback periods and fluid regulatory environments.

Public sector organisations will benefit from a joined-up approach to energy efficiency, with clear guidelines alongside examples of both successful and unsuccessful programmes.

Simplifying the transition

With a smart approach to managing energy consumption, it is possible to control and reduce energy use.

We’ve installed and maintained energy efficiency measures with 15 NHS hospitals, hundreds of councils and various central government buildings over the past few years.

Our team of experts help public sector organisations make sense of the marketplace and complete a tailored plan to meet specific goals.

A back-to-basics audit will help organisations to:

• minimise energy costs
• reduce energy use
• lower carbon emissions
• ensure a return on investment

Energy Performance Contracts (EPC) help businesses to improve the energy efficiency of buildings and facilities. Used in the right way, they can have a dramatic impact on the building’s performance, lowering maintenance costs.

Community support

We support communities with area-based schemes to improve energy efficiency. The schemes can work across public, residential and business sectors. This means that your business can help tackle the issue of energy use and affordability in your area.

Northamptonshire County Council has joined forces with us to bring widespread benefits across the community. In one of the first initiatives of its kind in the country, the authority has linked with us to work towards a cleaner, more energy-efficient county.

The partnership has a wide variety of aims include exploring options on reducing local fuel poverty, increasing low-carbon transport, improving energy infrastructure and ultimately creating jobs.

How do you manage your energy use? Do you have any energy-saving tips for businesses? Leave a comment below.

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