Elmhurst proposes a better way to help SMEs
The government’s Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) are seeking a call for evidence on an ‘energy efficiency scheme for small & medium sized businesses’. It is Elmhurst's opinion that some of the proposals are overly complex and destined to fail. Instead Elmhurst has asked government to improve on what we already have.
This ‘call for evidence’ reminds readers that the Clean Growth Strategy requires businesses to improve their energy efficiency by 20% by 2030, which government calculates will reduce energy costs across the business community by £6bn, of which £2.7bn will be saved by small and medium sized businesses.
The call for evidence focusses on building improvement and not processes, which it claims are helped by existing schemes such as the Industrial Heat Recovery Support Programme.
As members have come to expect, Elmhurst has now submitted their response, which can be viewed here, a draft of which we shared with members in April.
Finally, we need a stick, a carrot and some noise. A carrot to incentivise companies to move early, a stick to punish those that don’t, and lots of noise and publicity to make sure business knows about it.
How to respond to this consultation
Elmhurst has submitted its views already but it is not too late to add your own as the closing date is not until Wednesday 8th May 2019. You can view the consultation here.
Thank you to members who read and comments on our draft response, and whose input has helped shape our final response.