A Siemens report says UK businesses don’t take energy management seriously.
A report published by Siemens says that 1 in 3 of those responsible for energy management in UK businesses say that their organisation doesn’t take it seriously.
At a time when business electricity prices and gas tariffs are rising and when economic conditions are tough, energy management is something which businesses should be taking into consideration. However, according to the report this doesn’t appear to be the case.
The report, the Siemens Green League report, looked at the views of 600 businesses. The report showed that those in the boardroom were much more confident about how the company dealt with energy management while energy managers were less confident. The report showed that 83% of board directors thought their organisation was serious about energy management.
Energy is a critical area of cost for UK businesses. Therefore it came as a surprise to find that 27% of board directors didn’t know what their business energy bill was and 9% said they couldn’t afford to invest in energy management projects.
Thirty per cent of directors blamed a lack of obvious return on investment for the reason they avoided committing to energy efficiency measures. This lack of enthusiasm for energy management at board level filtered down to managerial level according to the report. Around 43% of energy managers said they only spent 10% of their time on energy management. They said that other duties including health and safety took up most of their time.
There were some positive findings from the report however. It found that 70% of businesses were planning to invest in energy efficiency projects over the next three years. The industries which appeared most committed to investing in energy efficiency measures included food and automotive manufacturing.
MD of Siemens Industry Sector in the UK and Ireland, Juergen Maier said “These results do give cause for concern. Not only is the UK subject to strict legislative carbon reduction targets, but many businesses are neglecting the impact that effective energy management can have on the bottom line. With significant costs attached to energy and indicators suggesting that high energy costs are here to stay, it really is in the interest of all businesses to take energy management seriously and look at the potential savings that can be achieved”.
He praised the manufacturing industry though. He said “It is, however, great to see manufacturers coming out so positively in this research. As an energy-intensive sector that has been governed by legislation for some time, there will be numerous examples of best practice across our industrial base that other sectors can adapt for their own organisations and reap the benefits”.
He finished by saying “It is important to note that the research does highlight evidence of good work being done by companies of all sizes across all sectors, but the overriding message is the need to do so much more. Now is the time for action or businesses risk falling behind in an increasingly competitive global marketplace”.