Businesses Must Get Wise to New Energy Legislation

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Energy efficiency and carbon reduction are not new issues for UK businesses. A greater understanding and public interest in climate change has helped to put energy efficiency on the business agenda, and more recently, a significant government push for businesses to improve their green credentials has elevated such issues to Board level.

Energy efficiency and carbon reduction are not new issues for UK businesses. A greater understanding and public interest in climate change has helped to put energy efficiency on the business agenda, and more recently, a significant government push for businesses to improve their green credentials has elevated such issues to Board level.

It is now only a minority of business owners that are foolish enough to ignore their business' energy consumption and to not take at least some personal interest in what their company is doing to proactively manage and reduce their energy spend.

IMServ, a leading carbon and energy consultancy, which works with the likes of BT, Tesco and Thames Valley Police to help companies make savings and become more energy efficient, says the drivers are two-fold, as IMServ's Michelle Giles points out: "Some people still see energy issues as an image problem rather than a central business issue, but with energy prices recently reaching record levels, and a range of new government legislation taking effect, the drivers are becoming far more compelling. In a difficult financial climate, most businesses can't afford to ignore the prospect of shaving 20% of their operating costs - these are the potential savings that can be made through adapting a proactive approach to energy management and reduction."

And as Michelle points out, there have indeed been a number of recent changes to legislation, some of which have been well publicised, but other elements are less well understood.

Display Energy Certificates, which became a legal requirement for public building operators (such as airports, leisure centres and shopping centres) in October 2008 are considerably behind schedule six months in, with less than 55% of required companies having complied. If caught, the current estimate of 27,000 non-complying public building operators are liable for fines totalling up to £40.5million.

Michelle concludes: "What is needed is a complete change of culture: UK businesses have got to stop focusing on the stick and instead appreciate the carrot when it comes to carbon and energy. With a bit of guidance, businesses can make real savings, and help contribute to a better environmental future for us all."

About IMServ
IMServ works with the likes of Boots, Tesco, BT and Thames Valley Police to help companies gain better visibility and control over their energy consumption. To do this, it implements the latest metering technology as well as software to provide clearly displayed energy information for managers. Based on a better visibility of energy usage and spend, IMServ then works with companies to help them reduce their energy usage, improve efficiencies, saving money and helping the environment.
http://www.IMServ.com

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