The key to developing an energy saving plan is an in depth analysis of where and how energy is used. The energy audit provides details of the total energy consumption while our energy surveys of buildings and analysis of the company’s vehicle fleet enables the break down of the energy consumption into end uses. This enables investments to be directed to maximise returns
For a number of years Dr Colin Lillicrap managed the Energy Efficiency Best Practice Programme for commercial and industrial buildings. We apply the tools and knowledge acquired through that programme to carry out in depth analysis of how and where energy is used in buildings. For example, energy use by lighting, heating, cooling, office equipment and domestic hot water. We compare the building’s energy consumption profile with Best Practice Benchmarks and make recommendations to bring the energy performance up to best practice standards.
For those companies running a fleet of company vehicles the fuel consumed can account for a significant part of the total energy consumption and hence can be a major contributor to greenhouse gas emissions. We analyse vehicle fuel consumption by vehicle type, age and mileage covered and whether leased or owned by the company. For those due for replacement our experts look at the electric alternatives and develop the business case for an electric vehicle taking account of cost, grants, running costs, tax and National Insurance benefits and the best discounts available.
Dr Colin Lillicrap spent over 20 years conducting research into energy intensive industries such as metal melting, glass making and paper production. Most recently he completed ESOS audits of food processing factories and a bed making factory. We work closely with factory operatives to understand the particular processes and identify opportunities for energy savings.
The factory profile illustrates the power of this type of analysis. The profile was obtained as part of an ESOS audit and shows the total energy consumption of the company including process, factory buildings and offices. In this case the company contracted out its transport needs. The profile illustrates the need to investigate the high gas consumption to heat the factory. When energy costs are taken into consideration process energy is the highest cost illustrating this is where management should look to make savings.
The profiles identify where investment should be directed to reduce costs and GHG emissions. We draw up a list of energy and cost saving measures and rank these by payback or for measures requiring capital investment we carry out life cycle cost analysis and calculate the Net Present Value over the life of the installation including available energy grants. For example we can identify energy and cost savings while reducing greenhouse gas emissions through improved vehicle fleet management and the introduction of electric vehicles in anticipation of the phasing out of petrol and diesel vehicles from 2030.
These saving opportunities form the basis of a long term strategy to achieve Net Zero Carbon by decarbonise operations