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Lighting


Shining a light on energy efficiency


Duncan Stevens, director at Vita Energia, examines the pros and cons of energy efficiency initiatives, which operational barriers make compliance difficult and offers guidelines on how facility managers can reduce lighting electricity costs.


Despite the ever-increasing focus on reducing carbon emissions, the main driver for companies across the UK to reduce energy usage is still


economic. Changes to the Carbon Reduction Commitment (CRC) scheme in the recent spending review have reduced incentives for positive change, and facilities managers now need to look carefully at what energy saving projects offer the best ROI.


However much it affects our day-to-day work, many businesses seem to overlook lighting energy efficiency when evaluating the possible ways to cut costs. In many production facilities and process engineering environments that run 24/7 lighting, a 60% energy saving is easily


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achievable, and a project like that would usually pay for itself in less than a year.


Green incentives – and why it’s not enough Initiatives such as the CRC and the interest-free Carbon Trust loan scheme are steps in the right direction, but the scale of the savings and energy prices alone are often not high enough to be a viable incentive when balance sheet and immediate cash management pressures dominate business financial planning.


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