npower Business warns companies to reduce carbon emissions or
face the consequences
on: July 16, 2008, 4:34 am
Release Author: npower
Release Summary: npower Business urges companies to assess their
energy management strategy in the face of growing regulatory and
societal pressure to avoid being financially penalised
Release Body: npower Business is urging businesses
to assess their energy management strategy in the face of growing
regulatory and societal pressure or face being financially penalised.
the growing pressures is the new Carbon Reduction Commitment
(CRC), a mandatory cap and trade scheme, which will apply
to large non-energy intensive public and private sector organisations
whose total metered electricity consumption is greater than 6,000MWh
per year through all half-hourly meters (this volume of electricity
equates to an approximate annual spend of £500,000).
of the participating organisations’ responsibility will
be to self-certify their own energy use and submit company details
using their own meter readings or by reference to annual energy
bills, via an online registry. Although the full CRC scheme doesn’t
start until 2010, this will include records of 2008’s energy
to the CRC scheme is a company’s commitment
to reducing its energy consumption. Once companies have submitted
2008 energy bills, which will be used to produce an energy consumption
baseline, energy management techniques will then be needed to
generate year on year energy reductions.
legislation is a key driver, Steve Fitzsimons, Business
Energy Manager at npower
Business, explained that factors beyond regulatory
pressure are bringing a new priority to energy management: “Businesses
are now also being evaluated on their environmental credentials
in the supply chain selection process and will increasingly need
to manage their energy consumption proactively if they are to
benefit commercially in a business community that is increasingly
low carbon focused.”
research from npower business, the npower Business Energy
Index, suggests that businesses are increasingly aware
of the need for energy
management and would welcome advice on reducing
CO2 emissions and improving energy efficiency.
new portfolio of products for business from npower business, m3
(measure, monitor and minimise) has been developed to
meet this demand, providing businesses with a comprehensive toolkit
to better understand and manage their energy use, enabling them
to embark on a process that will deliver a long-term and sustainable
reduction in energy consumption.
one of the most important aspects of m3 enlightened
energy management is the understanding that all companies are
facing the same pressures to reduce carbon emissions but each
and every business will be at a different stage of responding
to this need. Where npower business and the m3
concept can help is by recognizing these various stages, enabling
customers to pick and choose the elements and mix that is relevant
to their business, in order to help them achieve CRC
success,” explained Fitzsimons.
CRC is designed to reduce carbon emissions through
efficiency so businesses will be expected to implement energy
saving measures to hit their targets. Accurate management of energy
consumption, leading to the development of an effective energy
management strategy, is the foundation for a more enlightened
approach to energy management,” added Fitzsimons.
Notes to Editor:
The report can be downloaded as a pdf from www.npower.com/businessenergy
telephone interviews were conducted in October and November 2007
with a representative sample of 200 UK businesses, comprising
100 small-to-medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) with significant
energy usage and 100 major energy users (MEUs).
npower business is one of the top energy suppliers
to the UK business market, serving over 250,000 small to medium
sized enterprise sites and around 15,000 industrial and commercial
customers, with over 100,000 sites.
business helps companies monitor and manage energy consumption
to bring commercial and environmental benefits.
Details: Greg Phillimore
Senior Account Manager
0121 713 3795