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Rising energy costs a concern for UK manufacturers

Research conducted by Siemans reveals found that 89% of UK manufacturers now discuss energy management at board level, with the automotive sector leading the way.

Underlining its importance, 79% also agree that managing energy is now a business-critical function and 70% feel that energy management is on a par with other strategic decisions.

More than two thirds (67%) said their organisation had a senior director charged with energy management responsibilities.

To better understand the current state of play across the UK manufacturing landscape, Siemens commissioned the research to assess general attitudes, strategic planning and practical steps being taken when it comes to tackling their current and future energy requirements.

600 people, including board directors and energy managers, within manufacturing companies were questioned on a range of energy-related topics to allow a picture to be formed of where British industry currently sits on its energy journey.

The research looked at six key manufacturing sectors to unearth the energy management story for each market.

Siemens, UK & Ireland, head of energy efficiency & environmental care Steve Barker said: “As a country we need to be more ambitious when it comes to energy management – we need to invest more in critical technologies required to radically reduce consumption so we can tackle the twin challenges of rising costs and rolling back the tide of climate change.”

When asked about key success criteria for energy management projects within their organisations, one message came through very clearly: to achieve a competitive advantage.

However, for some, significant barriers to investing in energy management still remain such as a ‘poor or uncertain return’, ‘budget and capital outlay’, ‘a lack of internal resource’ and ‘dealing with other priorities’.

With the apparent importance attached to this area among senior management, there appears to be a disconnect between intentions around the boardroom table and actions on the ground.

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