Energy supplier npower has published a series of e-books to help businesses cut energy use and emissions by building a company culture where ‘sustainability is second nature’.
The e-books focus on the potential of making tangible savings through influencing staff behaviour, which npower calls ‘Carbon Psychology’.
The three e-books in the series include an introductory guide, an overview of the evidence base, and an overview of the financial savings on offer.
The advantage of behaviour change projects over other sustainability measures is that they can be implemented easily by businesses with limited resources.
Instead of replacing machinery or equipment, behaviour change projects encourage staff to use existing resources within their control - such as lighting, heating and IT equipment - more efficiently.
Several major companies have found behaviour change projects very successful, including RBS bank, which revealed earlier this year that it had saved £3 million in one year alone.
The final npower e-book suggests that up to £860 million of potential business savings could be made by UK businesses, at least half of which could come from small and medium sized businesses.
The three sectors with the most potential are wholesale and retail, administrative and support services, and manufacturing.
By investing between 1-2 per cent of annual energy expenditure in employee engagement, for example by encouraging staff to reduce heating in offices or running a ‘switch off’ campaign, savings of up to 10 per cent can be achieved, the e-book says.
A more detailed, government-backed guide to easy-to-implement energy efficiency measures is available here.
Businesses in Greater Manchester can also benefit from fully-funded, expert-led energy efficiency support from the Business Growth Hub.