A special breakfast event in Manchester city centre on 13 December will demystify energy efficiency for SMEs and reveal why managing consumption makes perfect business and environmental sense.
The event has been arranged by Insider in collaboration with ScottishPower and the Carbon Trust.
According to Insider, only one in ten business owners took action to decrease their business’ energy consumption over the last year, potentially missing out on significant cost savings by not prioritising energy efficiency.
A survey conducted by the Carbon Trust earlier this year also revealed a crisis of confidence amongst businesses in the energy saving credentials of new technologies.
Nevertheless, energy efficiency remains one of the most cost effective ways for businesses to improve their bottom line. One consultancy recently calculated that the electricity output of the mammoth £37 billion Hinkley Point C nuclear power plant could be surpassed by just £6 billion invested in energy efficiency.
The business case for SMEs is particularly strong. Research from the International Energy Agency (IEA) estimates that SMEs could reduce their energy consumption by as much as 30 per cent through cost-effective measures, but are struggling to do so.
The Insider event will make the case for energy efficiency, revealing what barriers are preventing the relatively simple efficiency measures from being implemented.
Topics to be covered include:
- Who is responsible for energy efficiency in an organisation?
- Meeting new government energy standards and what the buildings of the future may look like
- How energy efficiency can provide reputational and CSR benefits.
A Q&A debate will also give delegates the chance to hear from environmental professionals and businesses that have been through the energy efficiency journey. Speakers include Richard Rugg, managing director at Carbon Trust Programmes, and Mark Bowen, UK marketing director at ScottishPower.
The breakfast event will run from 7.30 – 9.15 on 13 December at the Crown Plaza in Manchester. For more information, click here.