Many businesses still not doing the basics on energy efficiency

The most common recommendations to improve energy efficiency are for technologies that area already well understood by many businesses, according to the Carbon Trust.

The trust analysed a sample of audits it conducted for businesses needing to comply with the energy savings opportunity scheme (ESOS). It found that firms spent an average of £1.8 million a year on energy. The average energy saving achievable through cost-effective measures was around 20%, or £360,000 per company, the trust said.

A large number of the businesses audited by the trust were manufacturers. Although the largest proportion of their energy consumption was typically related to industrial processes, it found that potential savings tended to be in improving lighting, ...

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