ENERGY efficiency & CaRBON REDUCTION

We can help you to formulate a successful Carbon Reduction Strategy for your business.

Charting a roadmap to carbon net zero…

Charting a path to carbon net zero remains at the forefront of many UK companies’ agendas, despite the impact of Brexit and the pandemic. That, at least, was the finding of recent surveys by one of the UK’s leading energy management and sustainability consultancies, who we work closely with.

They found that 96% of businesses thought that environmental sustainability was of increasing importance - but worryingly 45% still lacked a defined strategy to address decarbonisation.

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of businesses still lack a defined strategy to address decarbonisation

The growing pressure for action

What we find is that our clients are increasingly conscious of the organisational imperatives to address their CO2 emissions in response to compliance needs, pressure from stakeholders and to protect their corporate reputation.

For example, many contracting parties are making decisions based on environmental credentials, as are investors – so most organisations now understand that it’s not an issue that is going to go away.

"Many investors are also making decisions about their portfolio based on their environmental credentials".

The right data to leverage change

The road to carbon reduction can often seem daunting. There is a common misconception that environmental sustainability must involve a large capital project, such as a wind farm or thousands of solar panels plastered across every roof.

Carbon reduction can start with using the excellent consumption data available to give staff visibility of how their part of the organisation is performing, so they can act.

Continued research and work by our energy and sustainability partner has shown that data-driven efficiency can result in a 10% reduction in annual energy use and associated operating costs. Other projects will require capital investment.

We can also help clients to unlock savings that can fund the necessary investments to implement carbon reduction projects.

We recommend an early focus upon:

  • Reducing the non-commodity charges on your utility bills to free up capital to invest in energy efficiency.
  • Driving data through your organisation to see where utility wastage can be avoided by your people, and where it may need capital investment (and how much this will save/cost).

Turning compliance into an opportunity

For those companies who were required to comply with the Energy Saving Opportunities Scheme (ESOS) or similarly captured by SECR (Streamlined Energy & Carbon Reporting), it’s important to drive value from the data and insight that these reports provide.

It’s all too easy to view these Government schemes as compliance costs, with the report gathering dust in a drawer. However, they can provide a rich seam of opportunities to kick start your sustainability journey.

An aligned strategy

But even the best-meaning initiatives can still founder if not matched by strong commitment from the board and a clear-sighted assessment of what aspects of sustainability are most material to the strategic goals of the business.

We therefore work with our clients to fully understand their “burning platform” or primary motivation for action, and then support them through the development of a clear strategy and aligned implementation plan.

Take our energy efficiency awareness survey

Our team of experts has developed a short questionnaire to help assess how far you are on your energy efficiency and carbon reduction journey. Simply complete the questionnaire below and one of our team will then arrange a time to follow up to discuss appropriate next steps for your organisation.

Energy-Smarts Energy Questionnaire
Are you aware of the emissions target setting in the UK?
Do you have an energy policy in place?
How much thought do you give to saving energy in your organisation?
Do you know your energy demand profiling?
What energy efficiency initiatives are you exploring? (tick all that apply)