Energy Efficiency in UK Manufacturing

images Energy, its use and its cost, will continue to be a key battleground for manufacturing organisations wishing to remain competitive locally, nationally and internationally.

With a vast majority of UK manufacturers discussing energy management at board level, this underlines the fact that managing energy is now a business critical function and that energy management is on a par with other strategic decisions.


Some ceramics manufacturers for instance report that energy bills make up 35% of their total costs. Prices are extremely volatile. It makes running a predictable business model quite challenging.

Worse, with such high costs, energy-heavy businesses may be forced to pass on the price of energy to customers. But some rightly fear that they will immediately lose business to foreign competitors as a result.

MICHELINSome businesses have responded by changing the way they manage their energy contracts. Michelin for instance has an energy bill of approximately £20m a year and since the company first employed a dedicated energy manager at each site it has saved 20% in five years.

More than two thirds of large manufacturers now have a senior director charged with energy management responsibilities while the apparent importance attached to this area among senior management, appears to show a disconnect between intentions around the board room table and actions on the ground.

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And yet, strategic, technological and practical solutions exist today to help manufacturers overcome the key barriers that prevent them from engaging with energy management issues.

EMEX can help you seize the energy management opportunities that are available right here right now.

Led by the largest governing body of energy users from small and large businesses across all UK industry sectors, EMEX is THE energy management exhibition where you can learn how to:

  • counter the risk of any future interruption to energy supply;
  • manage energy price risk and help protect businesses from unforgiving fluctuations;
  • claim financing loans and tax incentives for energy efficient solutions;
  • better negotiate and better manage your energy contracts.

Save time to source, discuss and implement energy cost saving measures at EMEX.

You can meet with the entire energy supply chain across 2 days under one roof.


Organised in very close partnership with the Energy Managers Association (EMA), EMEX is YOUR event jam-packed with industry insights, latest training and upcoming legislative changes and how these are affecting businesses in the UK. All are key to understanding the risk, regulation and opportunities of being an energy consumer and are clearly addressed across 4 training & seminar theatres:


  • By the time EMEX opens its’ doors in November, organisations will have one month to ascertain whether they are affected by the Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme (ESOS) and a further one year to carry out an assessment. ONE + ONE is an information campaign aimed at educating the approximately 10,000 organisations affected about their legal obligations. In addition, and just as importantly, it explains the potential energy savings opportunities.
  • The Energy Institute and the EMA will discuss the practical aspects and how best to carry out assessments within your business in order to make change. Furthermore, EMEX will explain how major energy users like Morrisons Supermarkets plc have been successful in rolling out a huge energy efficiency programme, and how other businesses can learn from them.
  • Find out how the EMA are actively demystifying energy performance contracting, particularly through development of the EnPC Guidance and Code. Many of the organisations helping to develop the Guidance will showcase at EMEX, including British Gas, RWE nPower, EEVS. One of the highlights is the case study of the country’s biggest energy performance contact, bringing together legal input (Pinsent Masons), the energy supplier (Honeywell) and the customer (Peterborough Borough Council).
  • The vast array of options and lack of financial backing are often the biggest stumbling blocks when introducing energy efficiency programmes. At EMEX, RBS will explain some of the many choices in this area and how to make them work for you. In a similar vein, Utilitywise’s Tim Hipperson explains why it is sometimes prudent to use an energy purchaser.