How Your Organisation Can Save Energy (and Money) in 2022

In May 2022, the Prince of Wales laid out plans to prioritise “cheaper, cleaner and secure” energy in an effort to meet and exceed Net-Zero 2050 goals. Following last year’s COP26 Summit in Glasgow, it looks like all arrows are pointing towards supporting not just more sustainable energy sources, but also the most affordable ones. The UK government’s Energy Security…

Unilever and the Future of Carbon Reporting for SMEs

As we’ve discussed on our Net Zero consultancy page, businesses are coming under increasing pressure from the government to adopt decarbonisation strategies. Unfortunately, many private businesses here in the UK are slow to adapt to this challenge – instead opting to wait until larger firms have ‘done it first’. One such business that has ‘done it first’ is Unilever –…

Carbon Reporting – Are You Compliant?

Between the official ESOS and SECR schemes as well as a general steer from the entirety of UK government to decarbonise and prioritise energy efficiency, there’s never been more pressure on businesses of all shapes and sizes across the UK to undergo carbon reporting.  This article looks at the carbon reporting obligations of small to medium businesses and large enterprises…

Business Energy Efficiency Grants: Are They Worth It?

As more pressure falls on businesses of all shapes and sizes to reduce their carbon emissions, many turn to energy efficiency grants in order to invest in cost-saving efficiency measures. Unfortunately, the Carbon Trust’s excellent Green Business Fund closed in December 2019, leaving some businesses unsure of who to turn to. Worse still, perhaps, is the fact that while the…

Why Are Industrial Companies Too Short-Sighted on Decarbonisation?

While many businesses know their responsibilities around decarbonisation for 2030, very few are thinking longer-term. In this article, we’ll examine why companies need to plan for 2050 and how you can get started on a carbon reduction plan to meet the Paris Climate Agreement’s targets. Despite global commitments to net-zero by 2050, businesses across the UK are failing to adopt…

Minimum EPC Updates: Commercial Building Owners Be Aware

Commercial building owners must take note of a new change to energy performance certificates for their buildings. Minimum energy efficiency standards (MEES) are now in operation, meaning that non-domestic leases will be permitted only for buildings rated ‘B’ or above on the EPC rating by 2030. For property owners, this means it’s time to upgrade your building’s energy performance rating…

Impact of Distribution and Transmission Charge Changes Coming in on 1 April 2022

You may not know it, but there’s more to the cost of energy than what your business actually consumes. The actual transportation of that energy from its point of origin and through the grid to your business also bears a cost known as distribution use of system (DNoS) and transmission use of system (TNUoS) charges. These costs can be up…

3 Important Energy Dates For Your Business Calendar

In a world that is rapidly gearing up towards a reduction in carbon emissions, all businesses need to consider their energy efficiency. SMEs may think energy isn’t something they need to concern themselves with – but cost savings can be significant. As a business, you should demonstrate efforts to lower your emissions, while government legislation further cements the global intention…

What Net-zero 2050 Means for Your Business

The UK government is one of the few countries to have enshrined its 2050 net-zero emissions targets into law. As part of these measures, public sector and private businesses face new pressures to reduce their CO2 emissions. What the law says The Climate Change Act of 2008 meant the UK became obligated to reduce 80% of emissions relative to 1990…

How to Be a More Sustainable Business in 2021

While the pandemic is showing no signs of slowing down, the longer-term impact of such a dramatic behavioural and societal changes are already being felt. The energy industry hasn’t escaped such decline, as new research from the International Energy Agency reveals 2020 to be the “weakest” year in a decade for energy efficiency progress. Energy efficiency is akin to new…

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