Energy Efficiency is being driven to the Top of the UK’s business agenda

Many businesses have an enormous opportunity to both pollute less and save money by making quite straightforward ‘bread-and-butter’ changes. EMEX brings dynamic leaders together where they will inspire and enthuse many others to drive energy efficiency to the top of the business agenda in the UK.

Energy is a cost to most organisations that has grown as a proportion of overall expenditure in recent years. All energy consuming organisations need to manage energy consumption if they are to avoid the impact of price increases on the products or services they provide. In this context, the case for investing in energy efficiency has never been stronger and of course, the cheapest energy is the energy organisations don’t use.

There is considerable potential to make large energy cost and carbon emission savings through the installation of energy efficiency measures. The energy efficiency technologies that deliver these savings are readily available, tried and tested, and often repay their initial capital cost within just a few years.

Such improvements can provide significant long-term cash savings for organisations and reduced exposure to future changes in energy costs. Protecting the environment is also an important motivator for action, as well as improving energy efficiency as a way to increase competiveness and protect business reputation.

As with other types of project, top-level leadership remains the key to unlocking the resources to deliver projects and overcome barriers.

This summer, the EMA launched, in association with E.ON, one of the most comprehensive research projects to look at how energy efficiency is managed in British businesses. The research especially focused on any disconnect between operational teams and their board and how this might result in missed opportunity.

Our survey revealed that 88% of businesses now actively discuss and review energy efficiency. In over two-thirds of cases, this is managed by a specific operational department within the business that is normally within two or three levels of hierarchy from the board.

Over 70% of our respondents reported having quantitative targets and benchmarks and decision making processes that could approve projects within just 3 months in the majority of cases. The most popular projects being considered included implementing Metering and Monitoring Systems, Lighting Solutions, BEMS, HVAC, DSR and On-site Storage. However, the top five reasons for projects failing to take place are lack of funds, incentive or ROI, lack of CAPEX, inability to build a business case, organisational structure, corporate apathy

The report will be previewed at EMEX on Wednesday 22 November at 12:20-12:50 – ‘What is Driving Energy Efficiency in the UK?’ in the Water and Energy Strategy theatrewith Lord Redesdale, CEO, Energy Managers Association and Phil Gilbert, Director of Energy Solutions, E.ON leading a panel discussion for all attendees.

In addition to the technical expertise and data analysis, the role of the energy management team is fast evolving. Influencing and negotiation, communication and stakeholder engagement skills are becoming ever more important.

A series of seminars in the ‘Knowledge, Skills and Experiences‘ Theatre, will be providing attendees with knowledge and skills on how to build a robust business case for investment in energy efficiency and renewable energy projects, and gain buy-in from senior stakeholders.

Lord Rupert Redesdale, CEO of the Energy Managers Association (EMA), said that,

reducing energy demand is critical to reducing energy costs. Three distinctly silo’d functions have long been responsible for carbon and energy reduction in organisations. This trio of Sustainability, Facilities and Energy Management often achieve the same end-result of cost, carbon and utility reduction but via very different approaches.

I’m very excited that for the first time, EMEX is bringing together IEMA (The Institute of Environmental Management & Assessment), BIFM (the professional body for facilities management) and The EMA (The Energy Managers Association) communities under one roof during 2 days to share best practice and experiences, cross-polinate knowledge and ideas and drive the energy efficiency’s agenda to the top of UK’s businesses”

BIFM Chief Executive Linda Hausmanis added

BIFM is keen to take part in events such as EMEX where members can see and evaluate options in order to put in place the right solutions for their companies. BIFM members have to act as intelligent clients and this event will help them to enhance their knowledge of running successful contracts for energy management and sustainability”.

Taking place on Wednesday 22 and Thursday 23 November 2017 at ExCeL in London, EMEX is the must-attend energy management show that connects all energy users with leading experts, policy makers, suppliers and technical solutions with more than 130 exhibitors, 80 seminars across 5 topical theatres, and over 100 speakers.

With such diverse solutions, knowledge and expertise on offer, it is not surprising that thousands of small and medium businesses, as well as household names such as Coca-Cola, NHS, British Airways, Harrods, Hilton Worldwide, Boots, RBS, TATA, British Land, Ministry of Defence, AstraZeneca, Sodexo, Microsoft, Bellrock, BAE Systems, Co-Operative Group, Ofgem, Network Rail, MITIE, CBRE, Whitbread, Mitchells and Butlers, British Telecom, House of Fraser and many county and city councils are already confirmed to attend.