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attitude towards ‘quick win’ measures has increased since last year. Low cost examples such as turning lights and equipment off, deliver in their view, the biggest payback.

As yet, the introduction of equipment meters and smart meters still has some way to go – particularly in smaller organisations. Perhaps highlighting a lack of awareness concerning monitoring and measurement as key to any sustainable energy management strategy. npower would urge all organisations to take advantage of the benefits to be had through accurate data available through technology such as smart meters. Only by truly understanding where and how energy is being used can effective improvements be made. For the MEU community, staff

engagement was the most popular course of action to help reduce energy usage and costs. This achieved a 7.2 rating, compared to 7.1 for investment in energy efficiency technologies and replacing old equipment.

The choice of partners on the energy management journey also differs by organisation size. Both large and small organisations admit to seeking external advice, especially around regulatory changes and advice on how to reduce emissions. However, MEUs are more likely to turn to NGOs or external consultants rather than consult their energy supplier, which is the preferred option for small organisations. As well as what organisations are doing in terms of day-to-day energy management, for the first time, the nBEI asked about demand management and self generation. With energy risk seen as the number one risk, it was interesting to see what organisations are planning to do in order to protect their future energy supply. At first glance, the use of self generation technology is not yet common place with 39% of MEUs having no self generation in place. For MEUs that have taken the step, CHP was cited as the most popular, followed by solar panels. Future nBEIs will continue to track both attitudes and action towards self generation. With changes announced to Feed-in-Tariffs, it will be interesting to see how the figures

look twelve months from now. Concluding with a look at the big picture, small organisations tend to put their counterparts in the firing line when it comes to achieving reductions in carbon emissions, citing this sector as the number one area to achieve reasonable carbon reduction levels, followed closely by households.

The majority of all respondents (64%),

however, did not think current coalition government policies will help

organisations reduce carbon emissions overall – views that contribute to a fragmented picture about the current and future low carbon economy. It will be fascinating to see the findings of the next index, as it seems while growth in effective energy management has been achieved, there is still much more that organisations can do to reap the reputational and financial benefits available from reducing energy consumption.

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