UK businesses of all sizes have been urged to adopt on-site renewable energy generation as one of the ways in which Britain’s business estate can be made greener and the effects of climate change tackled head-on.
The move to undertake measures like installing solar panels on business premises’ roofs was part of the government’s message to British businesses during the inaugural Green GB & NI Week in October 2018.
It coincided with pledges by some of the UK’s biggest businesses to undertake 100% green energy procurement, install solar panels on their roofs, cut waste and transport emissions, and reduce their use of plastics.
Energy and clean growth minister Claire Perry said: “I’m calling on all businesses, from family farms in Herefordshire to banks in the Square Mile, to take action to mark our first ever Green GB Week.”
“Whether it’s getting rid of plastic cups or installing solar panels, everyone in business can play their part,” she added.
British businesses embrace renewable energy
Nearly a third of the UK’s total energy is now generated from renewable sources, half of which comes from wind power – which alone produces enough electricity to power over 14 million households each year.
In 2018, the UK clocked up three days of zero coal-powered energy generation, along with record levels of offshore wind generation and solar panel generation – all of which reduces the nation’s carbon emissions by more than 25 million tonnes annually.
This combination of domestic and business renewable energy, on-site and offshore generation, complements the UK’s nuclear energy strategy and other efforts like the target for all new cars and vans to be zero-emission by 2040.
Reap rewards from on-site renewable energy generation
On-site energy generation reduces your business’s carbon footprint, which can have direct cost savings compared with buying business energy from the grid, as well as savings on carbon taxes.
But a smart green energy procurement strategy that combines renewables with on-site generation can maximise these benefits as well as accessing any incentive schemes that are currently in operation.
Also, in addition to renewable generation we are seeing a greater interest in sites installing ‘gas fuelled power generation engines’ to produce on-site electricity. This interest is sparked by the relatively recent sharp increase in electricity costs.
Investing in installing on-site generation can quickly pay for itself and start making a profit while also enhancing your business’s environmental profile.
Envantage can help – just call us on 0800 054 2577 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for our team’s expert help in choosing the best renewable energy generating technologies for your premises.