Sustainability obstacles holding back businesses from going green

Why are businesses struggling to change sustainability ambitions into actions?

A survey involving over 9,000 businesses of all sizes and sectors found 96% are wanting to improve their environmental and social practices; however, this is becoming increasingly challenging due to minimal resources and budget.

HSBC spoke to 9,131 of the largest businesses across 35 different markets and asked what actions they are currently taking, and what they plan to do going forward.

Key challenge

Of all the businesses whose opinions were canvassed, 96% wanted to make more resourceful and ambitious choices in the future but found they were being held back by at least one key challenge.

Over a quarter of the surveyed respondents are said to be confused about what to prioritise due to the large volume of Environmental, Social and Corporate Governance (ESG) measurement criteria available, and what best practice looks like for a business of their size.

According to a report from the World Business Council For Sustainable Development (WBCSD), the number of voluntary ESG requirements has increased from 10 to 182 in the last decade, with up to 80% being non-governmental organisations.

Need help?

Is this your business? Are you struggling to reduce your business’s carbon footprint with little budget and resources? Then get in touch with our highly-skilled engineering team who will be happy to help.

Whether it’s energy efficiency surveying, understanding legislation and requirements, utility management, SECR or EV, EPC, DEC and TM44, we have it covered.

Contact one of the sales team on the information below:


Tel: 01225-867722

Exciting partnership gets the green light

Leading energy management consultancy, Energy Management has teamed up with Measure My Energy to help businesses reduce their carbon footprint and save on energy costs.

With people blockading bridges and glueing themselves to vehicles amidst a range of protests designed to accelerate the continued drive towards zero carbonisation, it is hard to escape conversations around energy efficiency at the moment.

For financial and environmental reasons more and more companies are focusing on ways in which they can contribute to the green revolution.

Essential to this goal is the ability to identify when and where energy is spent within a factory or office, across single or multiple sites, which is why Energy Management is delighted to announce our partnership with Measure My Energy.

Acting on our behalf, Measure My Energy install Power Distribution Monitors (PDM’s) that accurately measure consumption to a level of detail that help organisations account for every single pound and pence.

PDM’s enable granularity down to an individual appliance, for example, a furnace – in the case of the high-energy using Cast Metal Industry, giving consumers a real-time picture of the most costly aspects of their day-to-day business.

Energy Management’s highly-trained staff of chartered engineers and energy consultants then analyse and evaluate the data before devising and implementing energy efficiency measures that offer a very quick return on investment.

For instance, one borough council saw a 37% reduction in energy usage after just one month.

Every day the partnership between Energy Management and Measure My Energy is helping businesses to reduce their carbon footprint, increase profits and have a better understanding of energy patterns within their buildings.

Acknowledging the impact that PDM’s have had on his organisation, one Facilities Manager said: “We have used the system to map our energy throughout our organisation, allowing us to pinpoint areas we can make a further saving in the future and giving us details on usage to prove the possible savings before moving forward.”

If you would like to benefit from this service, email: or call one of our team on 01225-867722

SECR – all you need to know

With the new SECR regulations coming into effect on 1st April 2019, Energy Management explains how the changes may affect certain businesses …

As of April 1st 2019, Streamlined Energy & Carbon Reporting (SECR) commenced, with the aim of simplifying carbon and energy reporting and promoting energy efficiency. SECR requires businesses to publish all energy and transport consumption and carbon emissions information.

The changes to the previous methods of reporting align SECR with the government’s new Clean Growth Strategy, which targets a 20% improvement in business and industry energy productivity by 2030.

You will need to comply if:

  • In the past, you were required to comply with mandatory Greenhouse Gas (GHG) reporting
  • Or you meet two or more of the following;

a.) Turnover of £36 million or over

b.) Balance sheet totalling £18 million or over

c.) Number of employees 250 or over

How will this affect your business?

All businesses are now required to publish electricity, gas and transport energy consumption and carbon emissions information alongside annual directors’ reports for financial years beginning on or after April 1st, 2019. As well as this, businesses will need to disclose any energy efficiency action taken in the previous financial year. The government has stated that, as it stands, you will not be required to disclose ESOS recommendations and the implementation of these. It is important to note that this intends to be revisited following evaluation of ESOS phase one.

How do I report?

SECR reporting is due annually and is published alongside annual directors’ reports.

Within the legislation, no specific method of reporting has been stipulated. However, the government will outline what is deemed to be ‘good practice’ when reporting.

Contact us on 01225 867722 and we will work with you to achieve SECR compliance.

In the meantime, please have a look at our SECR Checker Tool to see if you need to comply.

Mitigating against CCL rises

Non-energy costs (often referred to as thirty-party costs) have consistently been on the rise in recent times and they now account for around 60 per cent of a company’s overall energy bill, and everything points to this trend continuing in the future.

This month has seen an increase in rates for Climate Change Levy (CCL, affecting electricity, natural gas, LPG and other taxable commodities. 

The CCL rate – an environmental tax on energy delivered to non-domestic users – has been raised to recover the revenue from abolishing the Carbon Reduction Commitment Energy Efficiency Scheme (CRC) at the end of the 2018/19 compliance year.

One way to keep a check on these increases is by ensuring compliance and reducing energy consumption; energy efficiency is now every bit as important as procurement in terms of energy management.

Alternatively, your business may currently be in a Climate Change Agreement (CCA). Businesses who hold a CCA will see their CCL discount increase from 90% up to a 93% reduction in electricity costs and from 65% up to a 78% discount on gas, LPG and any other taxable commodity.

Taxable Commodity April 2018 Rate April 2019 Rate
Electricity (£/kWh) 0.00583 0.00847
Gas (£/kWh) 0.00203 0.00339
LPG (£/kg) 0.01591 0.02175

At Energy Management, we have an experienced team of energy consultants and chartered engineers who are highly-skilled at devising and implementing cost-reduction solutions including the introduction of energy-saving technologies. We are also have years of experience in guiding clients through the CCA process, ensuring all relevant procedures are followed to ensure CCL discount.

Our bespoke energy management portal, EM-Powered, is also an invaluable tool is accurately monitoring and reporting energy consumption so that businesses have a proper understanding of their consumption.

If you need help in managing your CCA, please get in contact on 01225-867722.

Diary marker: Streamlined Energy and Carbon Reporting framework

The Carbon Reduction Commitment Energy Efficiency Scheme (CRC) is due to come to an end in 2019 and there will be a transition to the new Streamlined Energy and Carbon Reporting (SECR) regime.

The new SECR framework will implement requirements that will apply to a much wider range of companies. However, companies that use up to 40,000KWh in the 12-month reporting period will be exempt from the framework.

The changes are part of a suite of policies being implemented as part of the government’s Clean Growth Strategy, to deliver on its ambition of enabling business and industry to improve their energy productivity by at least 20% by 2030.

SECR will apply to companies that have more than 250 employees, an annual turnover greater than £36m or an annual balance sheet of more than £18m.

It is highly likely that a number of businesses will be captured by SECR that have not taken part in mandatory reporting previously. Therefore, companies that are due to be affected should make sure that reporting and data collection processes are put into place prior to the introduction of the scheme in April 2019.

Now that ESOS surveying and reporting is in full swing, should you require any assistance with the upcoming SECR reporting then please contact Nick Phillips on 01225 867722 or email np@

More information on SECR can be found here>>

Diary marker: Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme (ESOS)

ESOS Compliance Graphic

The Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme, known as ESOS, requires large enterprises in the UK to undertake energy audits across their sites incorporating a minimum of 90% of the total energy usage of the business

Organisations that meet the following criteria must comply: 250 employees or more; OR an annual turnover exceeding €50 million, AND an annual balance sheet total exceeding €43 million.

Phase 2 audits will need to be completed by 5th December 2019 but the data preparation period begins on 1 January 2018 meaning it is time to act.

The audits must be certified by an accredited ESOS assessor and include recommendations on how to improve energy efficiency across the organisation.

You can phase the costs of compliance and reap the rewards through energy savings by calling one of our engineering team today, on 01225 867722.

Prices are set to increase closer to the deadline, so save money by starting your Phase 2 audit now!


Energy Management joins Energy Institute

Energy Management has become a member of the esteemed Energy Institute (EI), in a move designed to underline our commitment to good practice and professionalism in the energy industry.

The EI is the only chartered professional body specifically devoted to the development and support of companies and individuals across the energy industry, and we’re delighted that our membership has been approved.

With over 150 years’ industry experience, Energy Management’s team is already highly-skilled and experienced in energy matters but the ability to share knowledge at first-hand with key decision-makers in the industry and utilise the EI’s extensive resources can only serve to improve our offering to customers.

Meanwhile, the Energy Institute has published its Energy Barometer 2018, a fascinating overview of the last 12 months in the energy industry. The full report is available to read by clicking HERE.


Achieving Efficiencies

We’re pleased to be exhibiting at the Achieving Efficiencies in Schools and MATS Conference in London today, where we will be sharing information on how academic organisations can reduce their energy spend by utilising the services of a renowned energy consultancy such as ours.

By offering the complete energy management solution, from energy procurement through to invoice validation and smart meter management, we can deliver significant savings and help Schools and MATS in their budget management.

While we are skilled to tackle large-scale projects, there are simple ways in which those in charge of Schools and MATS can keep their energy costs in check on a daily basis.

  • Educate your students: Getting pupils on board is essential to reducing your carbon footprint. Buy-in from them makes cultural change so much easier. Why not arrange a visit from one of our engineers to discuss simple energy-saving techniques?
  • Power down personal devices: Unplugging one smartphone may not seem that big a deal but across a whole school flicking power switches to ‘off” – or banning recharging altogether – could make a notable difference over the school year.
  • Turn off the lights in unused classrooms: An obvious one but nonetheless important especially if LED lights have yet to be installed.
  • Unplug when done: Make sure overhead projectors and other devices such as laptops are unplugged once a presentation is finished. Many of them use small amounts of energy if left on. It all adds up!
  • Time management: With many schools occupying a large geographical footprint it is sometimes easy for people to remember to physically switch off lights themselves. As some far-flung classrooms might only be used on an occasional basis, this could result in lights being left on for hours at a time when there is no need. Use of electric timer outlets can address this.
  • Keep doors closed: Energy consumption in schools can vary depending on the age of the buildings, their state of repair,
    occupancy hours and the amount and type of electrical equipment installed, but one thing is pretty constant across most classrooms – they have doors. Keeping them shut helps to ensure that learning space remains warmer for longer and leads to a reduction in HVAC energy consumption.