Government asks how we can help 5.7 million businesses reduce energy consumption
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 read the document in detail and has drafted a response on which we would like your feedback before it is finalised and submitted on 8th May 2019.
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
We would encourage all our non-domestic and ESOS members to read the call for evidence and respond with their own view. https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/energy-efficiency-scheme-for-small-and-medium-sized-businesses-call-for-evidence
How Elmhurst intend to respond
If you don’t have time to make a full response yourself then please look at how we intend to respond here and let the non-domestic team know if there is anything you think we should emphasise by emailing them at firstname.lastname@example.org