One-third of companies in the UK have installed on-site battery storage
One-third of UK companies have invested in on-site battery storage projects, according to a recent survey.
Haven Power’s survey, which analysed 1,000 utility managers, showed an additional 37% would be interested in exploring energy storage to improve security.
51% of British companies questioned would consider energy usage in their top three priorities, whilst 59% of respondents would like to produce their own power.
From the survey, 46% of businesses are focusing on saving money as part of their sustainability goals, whilst 73% of London-based firms understand how to sell excess energy back to the grid.
“It’s positive to see that businesses are very open to implementing sustainable changes, especially if they’re not already doing so,” stated Paul Sheffield, Chief Operating Officer at Haven Power.
“It’s clear that even small switches to renewable energy could help the nation achieve the Government’s emissions targets, therefore it’s imperative that businesses of all sizes work towards this shared goal.”
“We’re encouraged to see that businesses rank energy usage so highly alongside issues such as cybersecurity but there is still work to be done.”
“The research showed that 24% of large businesses only have contact with their supplier when there is a problem, despite putting energy usage as one of their top business priorities.”
“It is also particularly alarming to read that almost one in 10 (8%) only speak to their suppliers about their bills. If we’re to successfully work towards a sustainable future, businesses must work together with their energy provider to understand the wider benefits of renewables.”
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.