For the past 4 years, EMEX (www.emexlondon.com), organised in partnership with the Energy Managers Association (EMA, www.theema.org.uk), has helped thousands of businesses from all sectors to increase their energy efficiency and reduce their operational costs.
Taking place in November 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. 80+ CPD-accredited free seminars and 130+ Exhibitors.
The rise of energy costs
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 within most organisations in the public and private sectors 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.
Leadership is key
As with other types of project, while finance is an important consideration, top level leadership remains the key to unlocking the resources to deliver projects and overcome barriers.
One area of operational expenditure that has been largely overlooked, but which has substantial potential to deliver savings, is the cost and use of indirect materials and resources, such as water, energy, maintenance and hidden value in assets.
Also, the latest development in behavioural change can help businesses to engage with staff so they become active players in reducing operating costs while improving sustainability credentials, all this with no capital outlay and no interruption of day-to-day business.
Engage with top management
With a clear majority of big energy users from public and private sectors 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.
These facts are also supported by the data collected during the ESOS audit and released by the Environmental Agency. While nearly 97% of the completed audits were carried out by external lead assessors and a large majority of audited companies have discussed results at board (74%) and Senior management (90%) level, 60% of companies declared having no energy efficiency targets and only 6% have published information relating to their ESOS audit. Despite this, 72% of those companies were open to adopt some form of energy efficiency measures.
Identify your drivers
Many researchers found that saving on energy costs is a motivator for carrying out energy efficiency measures with a significant growing trend for factors other than simple cash savings, which are driving investment forward. Protecting the environment is an important motivator for action, as well as improving energy efficiency as a way to increase competiveness and protect business reputation.
Lord Rupert Redesdale, CEO of the EMA, said that “reducing energy demand is critical to reducing energy costs. EMEX will proudly show that improving energy efficiency is the way to make energy costs affordable. EMEX represents a unique opportunity for professionals to come together once a year and share knowledge and best practices on how energy can be used.”
Get the right advice
The free-to-attend event at ExCeL London, featuring leading expert speakers and exhibitors from across the energy industry, also sees the launch of many initiatives, founded by the EMA and underpinned by major organisations such as BIFM, IET, National Grid, BPF, E.ON, ABB, Eaton, Lightsource, Kingspan, Good Energy, Vattenfall, SMA, Green Energy Consulting, Circle Green Dong Energy and many more.
New in 2017, The Flexible Power Zone created, in partnership with Power Responsive (by National Grid), for the uninitiated to understand and evaluate this widely talked about opportunity. A dozen participating DSR Battery Storage partners of National Grid such as Scottish Power, E.ON Energy Solutions, EDF Energy, Dong Energy, enerNOC and Origami Energy, will each give a presentation and be available to talk with you one on one. It’s a rare opportunity to find a supplier that talks your language and makes sense for your business.
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 registered to attend.