The June edition of Energy Digital is live!
Welcome to the June issue of Energy Digital magazine.
This month we are focussing on all forms of sustainability, whether that’s ‘going green’ or ensuring a big firm can carry on its legacy.
Dean Laurent, purchasing manager at Arcadia, talks about how the European retail giant has benefitted from more cost-efficient energy to its stores in a deal with energy provider Gazprom.
We’re also looking at digital disruption in the energy industry and some upcoming trends to keep an eye out for in the space.
Turning to transport, we update you on the latest smart vehicles running on hydrogen power as well as Volvo’s first ever electric truck. Could traditional fuel be on the way out in a more sustainable age?
We’ve also taken a look at the top 10 green utility companies to watch as they continue to grow. Want to keep up to date on the latest must-see events in the industry over the coming months? Check out our ‘events’ section to find out all you need to know.
We are also proud to have spoken to oil company Shell about its move from forecasting to demand-driven planning in its supply chain and how this will improve efficiency for the business.
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All but two UK regions failing on school energy efficiency
Most schools are still "treading water" on implementing energy efficient technology, according to new analysis of Government data from eLight.
Yorkshire & the Humber and the North East are the only regions where schools have collectively reduced how much they spend on energy per pupil, cutting expenditure by 4.4% and 0.9% respectively. Every other region of England increased its average energy expenditure per pupil, with schools in Inner London doing so by as much as 23.5%.
According to The Carbon Trust, energy bills in UK schools amount to £543 million per year, with 50% of a school’s total electricity cost being lighting. If every school in the UK implemented any type of energy efficient technology, over £100 million could be saved each year.
Harvey Sinclair, CEO of eEnergy, eLight’s parent company, said the figures demonstrate an uncomfortable truth for the education sector – namely that most schools are still treading water on the implementation of energy efficient technology. Energy efficiency could make a huge difference to meeting net zero ambitions, but most schools are still lagging behind.
“The solutions exist, but they are not being deployed fast enough," he said. "For example, we’ve made great progress in upgrading schools to energy-efficient LED lighting, but with 80% of schools yet to make the switch, there’s an enormous opportunity to make a collective reduction in carbon footprint and save a lot of money on energy bills. Our model means the entire project is financed, doesn’t require any upfront expenditure, and repayments are more than covered by the energy savings made."
He said while it has worked with over 300 schools, most are still far too slow to commit. "We are urging them to act with greater urgency because climate change won’t wait, and the need for action gets more pressing every year. The education sector has an important part to play in that and pupils around the country expect their schools to do so – there is still a huge job to be done."
North Yorkshire County Council is benefiting from the Public Sector Decarbonisation Scheme, which has so far awarded nearly £1bn for energy efficiency and heat decarbonisation projects around the country, and Craven schools has reportedly made a successful £2m bid (click here).
The Department for Education has issued 13 tips for reducing energy and water use in schools.