UK industrial sector is overspending on energy

09 July 2013

New analysis from the Energy Efficiency Financing (EEF) scheme has revealed that the UK industrial sector is overspending on energy to the tune of over £2.2 billion per year. The analysis, based on official sources and EEF data, examined a number of sectors to calculate the amount that these industries were overpaying on their energy bills because of inefficient technology, equipment and controls.

The EEF scheme, which provides business finance for the acquisition of energy-efficient equipment, regularly highlights the difficulties that businesses have raising finance for energy-efficiency investments in the current economic climate. Darren Riva, head of green financing of the EEF scheme, said: “Our analysis has shown that there is a huge market potential for energy savings from business investment in energy-efficient equipment, amounting to over £3.7 billion per year across the country, and around £2.2 billion in the industrial sector alone. That potential energy saving covers motors, compressed air, high/low temperature processes, lighting and space heating, amongst others.

“A major problem for firms has been access to affordable finance to enable business to make those green investments. That is why EEF was created – a joint financing initiative between the Carbon Trust and Siemens – to make finance more accessible and affordable for companies, especially SMEs. The EEF scheme matches monthly payments to real monthly energy cost savings, which means that firms effectively end up paying no extra for their new equipment investment. These investments improve business competitiveness, cut carbon and boost the green growth.”

To help companies raise finance for energy-efficient investments, the EEF scheme covers technologies such as as low energy lighting, energy-efficient motors, low carbon air conditioning and biomass heating.

Any business with at least three years trading history is able to apply for new green growth finance from the scheme, which is designed to match monthly payments with the equivalent savings from lower energy consumption. The Carbon Trust will apply its expertise in carbon saving from energy-efficient technologies to provide a reliable and trusted assessment of the carbon, energy and cost savings of any application for finance. Siemens Financial Services Limited in the UK provides the financial backing and manages the provision of funding.

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