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NOW IS THE TIME TO RETHINK ENERGY AND CHANGE ATTITUDES TO ENERGY WASTE


Schneider Electric UK has launched its ‘Rethink Energy’ initiative, a programme aimed at changing business, consumer and government attitudes to energy waste and help combat climate change. Whilst other forms of waste such as plastics,


fast fashion and food are highly visible, energy is frequently overlooked. A Schneider Electric commissioned study of 2,000 UK adults and over 600 UK businesses revealed only 10% of consumers want to do more to curb their current energy use, while 74% believe they already do enough. In the same report, 68% of business leaders


reported their organisations wasted energy, particularly in the form of inefficient building and office space. Under half (43%) of company chiefs also shared their organisation had not implemented any measures aimed at tackling these inefficiencies in 2018. Schneider Electric’s full report will be released later this summer. To launch the initiative, Schneider Electric held


a panel debate at Tottenham Hotspur Football Club’s new stadium, where it is the official energy management partner.


The debate focused on three key areas: • The role for energy in achieving a zero-carbon


economy by 2050 • £1 trillion price tag – cost or opportunity? • What will drive change in the UK’s demand for


energy? The panellists included: David Joffe, Team Leader at the UK Committee


on Climate Change Ben Golding, Director, Energy Efficiency and


Local, Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy James Diggle, Head of Energy & Climate


Change, the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) Mike Hughes, Zone President, Schneider Electric


UK & Ireland Mike Hughes said: “We need to bring energy


front of mind. The market needs to take an activist approach to advocate for and instil efficiency and build an investment mindset if we are to achieve the 2050 net zero goal. “HM Treasury recently suggested it could cost the UK around £1 trillion to achieve carbon


neutrality by 2050, but it’s not about cost, it’s about huge savings. Sustainability is a cost that pays for itself and technology and innovation will be key to meeting the energy efficiency challenge.” David Joffe commented: “How do you encourage


people to change their behaviour? 1) give people enough information to make decisions, 2) make it a desirable (almost competitive) thing to do, 3) enable people to take action. Much of the problem with energy efficiency is measurement, you need to know how the measures you have put in place are performing.” James Diggle said: “There is a huge appetite for


change from businesses, not just driven by reputation, but also by future business stability.” And finally, Ben Golding, said: “We’ve always


needed to get to net zero. The question has always been when, not if. We need an investment of £22/23 billion in business energy efficiency by 2030 to help deliver climate change. If we deliver that, we could wipe £6 billion off business energy costs in 2030.” www.schneider-electric.co.uk


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CALIBRATION LAB OFFERS 5-DAY TURNAROUND


UK manufacturers wanting to adopt the latest digital technologies will now be able to bid in a new £30 million R&D competition through the Government’s modern Industrial Strategy. But don’t delay, as there is only a month left to submit bids. The R&D competition is part of


the Manufacturing Made Smarter challenge to help transform UK manufacturing by encouraging the development and integration of industrial digital technologies, including AI and virtual reality. The Government welcomes a


variety of project types, from feasibility studies to large innovation and/or demonstrator projects. Projects must be able to achieve rapid technology development and deployment, and be ready to start on or before 1st December 2019. The competition closes at midday on 28th August. Search for ‘innovation funding


service’ on the gov.uk website. Michelle Lea


Editor


Avery Weigh-Tronix has opened a dedicated calibration laboratory to offer a 5-day turnaround on the calibration of torque, pressure, temperature and electrical equipment and mass weights. The Calibration Select


Laboratory, located at the company’s Soho Foundry site in Birmingham, features testing equipment, supported by experienced laboratory technicians and a bespoke, online system for direct access to calibration certificates and asset details, and simplifies the customer experience. Research shows the average length


of time for metrology calibrations in the UK is between 7-15 days. Often this leads to businesses paying a premium to have items calibrated onsite due to time constraints, or duplicating the number of items needed for a process to use in rotation while others are calibrated. Also, recent changes to the ISO standards for calibrating torque tools will make the process of equipment


calibration very difficult to achieve when working onsite at customer premises or in a mobile laboratory. Calibration Select reduces


equipment downtime by guaranteeing items are collected, calibrated and returned within 5 days. The expedited turnaround time is made possible thanks to a collection service carried out by a network of over 120 Avery Weigh-Tronix service technicians across the UK. Andrew Fox, business & service


delivery manager, at Avery Weigh- Tronix commented: “...we’ve expanded our offering to benefit our customers whilst developing a unique service model that has not been seen in the marketplace before.” calibrationselect.co.uk


Manufacturers can now start to implement a decentralised energy solution at their facilities, after Aggreko launched its bridging gap service. Companies need to ensure that their


energy supply is reliable to fulfil orders. The UK’s demand for mains grid power is expected to outstrip supply by 2026, meaning manufacturers need to start looking at generating their own energy. One option is combined heat and


power (CHP), allowing manufacturers to make savings by harnessing the waste heat that is generated, resulting in reliable, cost-effective energy. Aggreko’s offering, said to be the


first in the rental market, comprises three main products: gas generators; CHP packages; and battery storage. All available to hire, the solutions enable companies to adjust power needs to suit current demand, improving efficiency. The new service means UK industry


can reap the benefits of decentralised energy, without the initial capital investment. The hire solution can also save manufacturers up to 80 per cent of the lifecycle cost, as there is no need to pay for any running costs.


www.aggreko.com/energy


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