Energy efficiency 'a necessity'

Energy efficiency 'a necessity'

Energy efficiency 'a necessity'

At Aurora, we talk a lot about the importance of going green, not only from the viewpoint of improving your business' image among environmentally-conscious consumers and help to make a positive impact on the ecosystem, but also from the stance that can potentially save you a significant sum of money.

BM TRADA - an international certification organisation - has provided further proof to back the latter claim up, arguing that energy efficiency should be placed at the top of every company's agenda, as it is now a "necessity, not a nicety".

Furthermore, the body sent a stark warning that those who ignore the advice to focus on improving their green credentials face a "major" risk of running themselves into financial ruin.

With gas and electricity bills continuing to increase at a heady rate and the government not relinquishing in its push to hit green targets, organisations are likely to come under increasing pressure to conform, with BM TRADA of the view that the sooner this happens, the better.

The industries set to get the most from adopting a more environmentally-friendly approach are - not surprisingly - those considered to be "energy-heavy". These include businesses operating in the transport, food production and manufacturing sectors, while hospitals, local government, school, construction firms and energy companies themselves also have plenty to gain by conducting an overhaul of how they consume power.

Despite carbon dioxide emissions in the UK decreasing by over one-fifth since 1990, the most recent report from the Carbon Trust indicated that large organisations in the country are wasting around £1.6 billion in unnecessary energy costs every year - suggesting that there is still much work to be done when it comes to improving our attitudes towards efficiency.

BM TRADA chief operating officer of central certification services Tom Johnston said: "Outdated and inefficient energy management systems are not only costing companies more than they realise, running into millions of pounds, but are also leaving businesses and organisations wide open to financial and reputational risks which they can ill afford to deal with."

Mr Johnston was speaking at the launch of the body's expansion of its UKAS-accredited ISO 50001:2011 Energy Management Certification, which is a standard for firms to commit themselves to that will hopefully steer them towards better ways of controlling their energy consumption, efficiency and performance.

He added: "In addition to bringing significant reductions in operational costs and protecting against energy price spikes, becoming certified to the ISO 50001 Standard also ensures that a business is meeting the latest regulatory requirements, which sends out all the right messages to clients and the public about their commitment to energy reduction, best practice and sustainability."

Last year, businesses contributed to 16 per cent of the UK's carbon dioxide emissions, which totalled 463 million tonnes over the 12-month period.

In May, the European Commission was reportedly in the process of considering setting new targets for energy efficiency, with member states expected to reach them by 2030. It is believed these could come into effect as soon as September.

Posted by Andrew Stewart