New research from Siemens Industry highlights an increasing
recognition of energy management at UK company board level. For
its report 'The Future of Energy: the UK Manufacturing
Opportunity', Siemens canvassed the views of 600 board
directors, senior management and energy managers across a range
of manufacturing sectors, with 79 per cent reporting energy as
a business critical issue in the year ahead.
UK manufacturing is making tangible progress in managing its
energy consumption, says Siemens, with almost three-quarters
of respondents reporting a beneficial impact on the bottom line.
But the primary driver behind this activity is seen as achieving
a competitive advantage, with most manufacturers measuring the
success of energy management projects against these criteria.
Nevertheless, the report warns of what it sees as 'perceived
barriers' to investment in energy management for some companies,
with the main reason given as fears over return on investment
still pervading. Read more here.
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