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Industries agree extension to energy efficiency targets

Energy-intensive UK industries have agreed to commit to stretching energy efficiency improvement targets to 2020 as part of the voluntary Climate Change Agreements scheme.

This will deliver an overall 11 per cent energy efficiency improvement across all industry sectors by 2020 against agreed baselines.

Eligible sectors can receive up to 90 per cent reduction in the Climate Change Levy if they sign up to stretching energy efficiency targets agreed with the government.

NIFES Consulting Group managing director Anthony Mayall said: “Often saving energy slips off businesses’ radar as they focus on negotiating tariffs and minimising energy taxes, but the rising carbon prices will encourage more energy-saving measures.

“Every kilowatt saved makes a UK manufacturing site more competitive in the global landscape and saving energy is used by many of our clients as a source of competitive advantage.

“There are great opportunities for operational teams to buy into energy saving since much of the spend is on process, an area which is often considered ‘no go’ due to fears of affecting production quality.

“Opportunities also remain for renewable and sustainable on-site power generation such as PV and combined heat and power – a sub-2 MW natural gas CHP installation could save circa £3m-£4m per year in cost.”

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