Energy efficiency management supplement
Both local government and the NHS are facing huge pressures to create cost efficiencies. This pressure has been even further intensified by the recently introduced austerity measures and the growing legislative demands for energy efficiency.
With these increasing demands to cut costs, the government’s recent pledge to reduce UK carbon emissions by 34% by 2020 means that cutting energy consumption is a high priority. With the public sector spending more than £2.5bn on energy every year, there is a great opportunity for the public services to work with their energy suppliers to cut carbon and save money.
This report has been based on a survey of energy, facilities and estates managers in local government and the NHS. This survey gathered their views on energy efficiency within the public sector, and it provides great insight into the thinking around efficiency as well as into the objectives and challenges that are being faced.
Local government and the NHS both recognise the need for improved energy management, but they face significant challenges in achieving this – ranging from the variety and age of buildings in their control, to a lack of experienced personnel. In the face of the increased pressures, managers need help on what to do, how to do it and how to finance it.
The need to manage energy more effectively is a message we hear from our NHS and local government customers every day, and is one that we are well equipped to help them solve. British Gas Business has years of expertise in helping public sector organisations reduce their consumption and therefore costs. Measures range from innovative joint financing options and large scale audits to the simple, yet effective, installation of smart meters. Smart meters are crucial to help understand an organisation’s energy usage and ultimately enable them to amend their consumption patterns.
This research provides a timely insight into an issue of growing importance, not only to the NHS and local government but to society as a whole. We at British Gas Business want to make energy use a strategic issue for the public sector and not just a pure procurement exercise. There are significant opportunities to be gained from taking a 3600 view of energy and we are excited to play our part in finding and delivering appropriate solutions.
Foreword by Kanat Emiroglu, managing director, British Gas Business
Supplement in association with LGC and HSJ