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This issue marks the 10 year anniversary special for CI/Energy Management, in addition to this Britain’s Brewers are marking a 10 year milestone in energy management themselves alongside The British Beer & Pub Association. Here Richard McCann raises a glass to their success and investigates how other sectors are now implementing the methodology

scheme starting in 2013 with new targets for the brewing sector of 19.1% energy efficiency saving! The BBPA convinced government to

consider any evidence that disproved their assessment so a 110-point questionnaire was constructed for every brewery to look at what they were using in their own plant and then went through a forensic process to examine how the sector was performing and how individual parts of the sector were using technology. The Association, on behalf of all its


he British Beer & Pub Association has represented Britain’s brewers and pub

companies since its foundation as the Brewers’ Society back in 1904, and its members account for some 90% of beer brewed in Britain today, and around half of the nation’s pubs. Members are diverse - from international brewers to the nation’s largest tenanted pub companies and historic family brewers. This diversity of membership enables the BBPA to speak up for an industry which contributes a million jobs and £21.4 billion to the economy. Energy efficiency has long been

important to the brewing and pub trade. The Association became a pioneer when it first started collecting members’ energy data in the wake of the OAPEC energy crisis when the price of oil quadrupled in weeks during 1974. But undoubtedly the big change kicked off

in 1999/2000 when the industry started preparing for the introduction of the 2001 Climate Change Levy, which ushered in a new world of energy taxes for the first time. The BBPA responded positively to government’s decision to introduce Climate Change Agreements, by devising early methodology to monitor energy use and efficiency. 2002 was the first time most

manufacturing industries were formalised into a government scheme, and by 2004 collection of energy data had become critical and the Association appointed David Sheen as Policy Manager, Economy and Environment.


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CARROTS AND STICKS “We were quite narrow in our focus at that time in terms of the manufacturing process,” remembers Sheen. “Carbon footprinting was only on the periphery a decade ago. So we were focussed on the production facility. It’s the most measurable and it’s where the biggest savings could be made. But of course audit is now spread more widely across the supply chain.” At this stage the agreement between government and the industry was voluntary, with a ‘carrot’ of significant tax discounts on climate change levy as an incentive to get involved. “But over the decade EU emissions trading schemes have started to become more punitive and schemes such as carbon reduction commitment have come along,” says Sheen, “and that is pure ‘big stick – no carrot.” In terms of climate change agreements:

“you’re currently looking at discounts of around £4m a year across the brewing sector,” explains Sheen. “A decade ago that was maybe £7m because companies were using more energy. The tax rate has gone up but the level of energy use has gone down.” The industry encountered a watershed in 2010 with the Industry Energy Efficiency Accelerator programme. This was the end of the first phase of climate change agreements, and the Association immediately applied to take part on behalf of its members. Then, in 2011, government approached the Association and announced a new

members, finally renegotiated the target down from 19.1% to a 13.6% energy efficiency measure, “because government accepted that our counter-proposal was not because we didn’t want to comply,” explains Sheen, “but we were coming back with hard facts from an in-depth study, which showed precisely what was realistic and achievable and what was not.” Since then the industry, with the leadership of the BBPA, has taken stock of what has been achieved and all the best practice data it now owns. So when ESOS (Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme) came along last year with more tough legislation the BBPA was in a position to roll out its metrics across all parts of its members’ businesses – beyond the breweries and into pubs, offices, logistics and car fleets.

AND WHAT OF THE FUTURE? The brewing industry, united through the Association, has proved that with intelligent planning, audit and metrics, government can be convinced by expert evidence and energy reduction legislation isn’t the threat it might initially appear. Ben Orchard, Environmental Sustainability

Manager at Adnams, agrees: "We are always looking to improve on what we currently do at Adnams, so rather than view ESOS as a burden we used it as an opportunity to further our continuous improvement. In the end it did return opportunities we had not identified before, proving useful for us". “Working on behalf of the brewing industry the BBPA and Carbon Architecture successfully adapted what was already in place and developed the InMetriks methodology that now audits, ensures compliance and delivers results,” concludes David Sheen. “With our annual benchmarking we are continually creating more information to feed back to members that will flag up more areas of opportunity to reduce energy consumption, reduce costs and make the industry more profitable.”

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