Are UK businesses wasting a small fortune because of poorly
functioning heating and air conditioning systems? The Carbon
Trust believes that smaller businesses are losing around £400m
in lost heat through poor insulation and other factors, says
air conditioning company AirCon UK. But taking into account larger
businesses, schools and commercial buildings, the true figure
across the entire country could be many times that.
Collectively, companies in the UK could save hundreds of millions
of pounds annually, along with millions of tons of carbon dioxide
if they simply took stock of their air conditioning, heating
and ventilation needs, says AirConUK's Jonathan Ratcliffe. "The
problem is that many organisations simply accept the high costs,
not realising they can save a small fortune."
In a recent Carbon Trust survey of energy saving measures taken
by almost 1000 UK business, less than a third said they had actioned
improved ventilation and air conditioning efficiency. Top topic,
with 77 per cent, was efficient lighting, followed by employee
awareness with 58 per cent.
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EVENTS & EDUCATION
forum prepares ground for mandatory audits
With mandatory energy efficiency audits due over the next 18 months
for larger businesses, this year's Energy Management Forum
will prove to be a timely event. More?
papers outline efficient energy choice for buildings
ESTA has produced two information papers to help building owners
make the best choice of building controls and building energy management
MACHINERY & PRODUCTION PROCESSES
Copco extends its efficient VSD+ compressor range
The range of energy efficient VSD+ screw compressors from Atlas
Copco has been extended with several new models from 18-37kW. More?
control increases efficiency of pump drives
Pump drives with integral inverters from Nord Drivesystems can
bring energy savings on pump systems of up to 60 per cent. More?
BUILDINGS & FACILITIES
the ventilation right on airtight buildings
Mike Smith of BSRIA says "build tight, ventilate right" should
become industry's mantra when it comes to the efficient ventilation
of industrial buildings. More?
LED downlighter provides a flat, flush fit
New sensor-controlled LED downlighter from Steinel combines energy
savings and easy installation with an unobtrusive appearance. More?
VEHICLES & TRANSPORT
test for sustainable 'fuel of the future'
A new sustainable vehicle 'fuel of the future' developed
by chemical companies Clariant and Haltermann is being fleet tested
by Mercedes-Benz. More?
expands its options for electric and hybrid vehicles
New solutions to expand the potential of auto start/stop systems
and drive trains have been launched by bearings and automotive
components company Schaeffler. More?
ENERGY PROCUREMENT & MANAGEMENT
route to decarbonise electricity by 'virtual power plants'
Energy company ENER-G says new research suggests that CHP-based 'virtual
power plants' could help decarbonise UK electricity supplies
and smooth out demand. More?
grid scheme aims to reduce industry's power consumption
Honeywell and Stor Generation have launched a scheme that aims
to trim industrial and commercial energy use and stabilise demand
on the electricity grid. More?
materials offer wider scope for PV module production
Alex Savidis, Applications Manager of Solar Capture Technologies,
looks at some new materials that could be used in the manufacture
of solar PV modules. More?
venture to develop efficient solar energy storage
An energy storage system able to capture solar energy safely and
reliably is being developed by lithium battery company OXIS Energy
and module supplier PROINSO. More?
FUNDING & FINANCE
FiT rate still seen as offering good return on investment
Ofgem's latest degression in Feed-in Tariffs (FIT) payment
for non-PV eligible installations should be seen as generally positive,
says Nick Green of Savills Energy. More?
LEGISLATION, REGULATION & STANDARDS
to take role in EC test scheme for UPS performance
Power management company Eaton is to take part in the PEF assessment
for UPS systems under the EC's new 'Single Market for
Green Products' initiative. More?