Is your business increasing its spend on energy efficiency measures?
According to a recent survey by npower and the EEF, the manufacturers' organisation,
you might well be. It suggests that manufacturers are increasing
their investment in strategic energy management and efficiency
in order to improve their competitive position against a backdrop
of rising energy costs.
Yet the survey voices the concerns of manufacturers and recognises
that investment in energy management is not without significant
barriers, including the perception of extensive payback periods
and businesses prioritising other investments.
"Managing higher energy costs whilst maintaining international
competitiveness is one of the biggest challenges facing manufacturers
today," says Gareth Stace, the EEF's Head of Climate
and Environment Policy. "The most advanced companies are
systematically addressing inefficiencies in their buildings and
processes to try and mitigate rising costs that come straight
off the bottom line."
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EVENTS & EDUCATION
Drives & Controls
Show aiming for further expansion
Organisers of the 2014 Drives & Controls Show at the NEC next
month anticipate increases in both exhibitor and visitor numbers
over the previous event. More?
highlights power electronics in solar and wind sectors
Trends in power electronics components and systems for the wind
and solar energy sector will form the focus for May's PCIM
Europe 2014 in Nuremberg. More?
points the way to building an energy efficient business
Key factors in building an energy efficient business will be highlighted
at next month's Sustainability Live 2014 event with its group
of co-located exhibitions. More?
MACHINERY & PRODUCTION PROCESSES
service provides efficient drive chain replacement
Tsubaki has devised a RetroFIT service to provide the most efficient
drive chain replacement for a wide range of production machinery
software can cut plant commissioning and testing time
Invensys is introducing new SimSci process control software to
shorten plant testing and commissioning schedules and improve plant
BUILDINGS & FACILITIES
Code of Practice highlights correct LED lighting procedures
A Code of Practice for LED lighting installations from IET covers
all the key issues in the delivery, maintenance and system compatibility
of LED systems. More?
steam plant installation helps cut hospital energy use
Spirax Sarco has delivered an energy efficient steam plant to feed
a hospital's heating, hot water, humidification, laundry
facilities and CHP plant. More?
VEHICLES & TRANSPORT
will manage EV charging load to save grid congestion
Power integration specialist Smarter Grid Solutions is working
with UK Power Networks on a trial to monitor and manage the load
from EV charge points. More?
components designed to increase e-bike efficiency
Schaeffler has developed a range of bearings and other components
to improve the energy efficiency and operating life of the latest
designs of e-bikes. More?
ENERGY PROCUREMENT & MANAGEMENT
options aid decisions on energy saving policy
Metering equipment options offered by MWA Technology can help facilities
managers make informed decisions about their energy saving policy. More?
gives accurate loop tests close to power source
Megger's new network impedance meter lets users make accurate
loop impedance and fault current measurements on live circuits,
even close to the power source. More?
heating package combines boiler and CHP system
Under an agreement with cogeneration specialist ENER-G, heating
company Remeha is to offer CHP systems up to 90kWe as part of its 'one-stop-shop' package. More?
CHP units aimed at smaller building applications
SAV Systems has introduced two MiniLoad Tracker modular CHP units
to bring the benefits of combined heat and power to smaller commercial
FUNDING & FINANCE
grant funds research into sustainable industrial materials
A £10.3m grant has been awarded to researchers by the Engineering
and Physical Sciences Research Council to find more sustainable
industrial materials. More?
LEGISLATION, REGULATION & STANDARDS
plans new rules for greater energy contract transparency
Ofgem is planning a new code of practice requiring energy brokers
to be clearer with businesses about fees, contracts and which suppliers
they represent. More?