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  1. 1. The Business Owner’s Essential Guide toENERGYEFFICIENCYEverything you need to build a more ethical, more profitable business Phil Evans
  2. 2. The Business Owner’s Essential Guide to ENERGY EFFICIENCYEverything you need to build a more ethical, more profitable business Phil Evans
  3. 3. Copyright © 2011 Phil Evans.All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced,stored in a retrieval system, or transmitted in any form or by anymeans, electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording or otherwisewithout the prior permission of the author(s).Edited by Tom Stevenson.Designed and printed by NABO.MEMBER OF NABOTo join visit:
  4. 4. The Business Owner’s Essential Guide to Energy EfficiencyContentsIntroduction .................................................... 4Why your business needs to beenergy efficient .............................................. 7Understanding compliance (or UsingCompliance to Improve Efficiency) .............. 11How going green can save you moneyand improve your business ......................... 15Establishing credibility ................................ 19Your carbon footprint ................................... 22Conclusion ................................................... 26About Green Bridge ..................................... 27A Special Reader Offer ................................ 29Testimonials ................................................. 30 3
  5. 5. Phil EvansIntroductionConsumers and customers have a fargreater understanding of the impact a poorlymanaged business has on the environmentthan ever before. And because of that,along with the increasing need to validateenvironmental or carbon managementcredentials, it’s more important than ever forbusinesses to implement a robust energy &environmental policy. Unfortunately, althoughmany businesses understand this in principleand have taken some action, they rarelychange the way they do things from top tobottom and are unlikely to involve the verypeople who can have the biggest impact.It’s unfortunate, but that’s how it is. Manybusinesses start with good intentions anddevelop some form of ‘green’ policy butfail to act with any real conviction. Thismeans that the policy loses credibilityand those employees who could actuallymake a difference are not motivated to do 4
  6. 6. The Business Owner’s Essential Guide to Energy Efficiencyso. Even service providers, like those whoundertake maintenance and other facilities’management functions, are not maderesponsible for meeting energy reductiontargets. This is absurd, as it is precisely thesekinds of organisations that are ideally suitedto make huge savings (including financial,energy and carbon savings) for their clientsby just adapting what they already do.I’ve spent more than twenty years helpingbusinesses develop and implementenvironmental and energy strategies and feelit’s more important than ever that businessowners begin to understand that a greenbusiness is a profitable business and it isworth investing in.That’s why I’ve compiled the most essentialthings I’ve learnt throughout my career andnow advise my clients on in this booklet. Myaim is to help you understand how energyefficiency can not only save you money, butimprove your business as well. 5
  7. 7. Phil Evans Remember, although environmental awareness is rapidly changing the way we do business, we should look at this as an opportunity. When you have finished reading this booklet you will see exactly what I mean.Phil Evans Phil Evans Green Bridge 6
  8. 8. The Business Owner’s Essential Guide to Energy EfficiencyWhy your business needs tobe energy efficientThe most obvious reason is the financialbenefit. An energy-efficient building is somuch cheaper to run than one left in thehands of those with no energy managementexperience. Think of all the people andcompanies who work in, or on, your building– how many of them actually know (or care)about the cost of running it?Although building services (air conditioning,heating etc.) are generally not a high priorityissue (unless they’re not working) it justmakes good business sense to invest in theirupkeep. I’ve seen too many organisationscutting maintenance budgets and employingthe cheapest engineers to look after theirbuilding assets, resulting in costly andunpleasant places to be in. This short-sightedapproach means minimal maintenance(and more often than not, poor quality),which leads to the premature failure of 7
  9. 9. Phil Evansexpensive pieces of equipment; reduced staffproductivity; poor energy ratings and risksslow take-up of rentable space.The bottom line is inefficiency is costing youmoney and potentially losing you customers!That’s just the beginning. Many businessowners fail to grasp that becoming energyefficient is an incredible opportunity to setthemselves apart from their competition.Increasingly, environmental legislationis forcing companies to state their greencredentials and those that can prove theyperform well will be preferred by potentialclients or customers who also have to adhereto their own environmental requirements.There are still plenty of companies who seeenvironmental legislation as onerous; butthe truth is, if a positive approach is taken, itwill secure more business and help you keepexisting clients.It’s really important for you to remember thatby demonstrating you’re energy efficient, 8
  10. 10. The Business Owner’s Essential Guide to Energy Efficiencyyou will immediately stand out from yourcompetitors.In one of my previous roles I foundmyself involved in a major programme ofrefurbishment and I was trying to influencethe design of the buildings to be moreenergy efficient and not just focussed onthe aesthetic. This was pre-recession, at atime when there was less environmentalawareness than there is today. One of thesenior decision makers had a ‘marine’background and in an effort to get my pointacross, I used the following analogy…If we were building ships and not refurb’ingbuildings, they would be sinking before theyleft dock. We wouldn’t know how far theycould go, how much fuel they would use,whether they could actually handle adverseweather… you get the idea. Needless tosay, it didn’t go down too well and style wonover substance, leading to buildings thatwere incredibly expensive to run and almostimpossible to maintain. 9
  11. 11. Phil EvansOne particular organisation spent millions ona Combined Heat and Power (CHP) system asthey wanted to ‘go green’ and generate theirown electricity cheaper than they bought itfrom the Grid. The trouble was they had notconsidered the condition of their buildingsfirst (which were wasting 50% of the energythey consumed) and therefore the systemwas massively over-sized. Funnily enough,the design and installation company were notexactly interested in pointing this out. Thelesson here is, if you have money to investmake sure you know where your energyis being used and how much of it is beingwasted and put that right first.When you decide to take action, do the simplethings first and make energy efficiency yournumber one priority! 10
  12. 12. The Business Owner’s Essential Guide to Energy EfficiencyUnderstanding compliance(or Using Compliance toImprove Efficiency)The Energy Performance of BuildingsDirective, the Carbon Reduction Commitment(Energy Efficiency Scheme), the EU EmissionsTrading Scheme, Climate Change Levy &Agreements, Building Regulations Part L...If you’ve heard of any of these, it’s probablybecause you’re already involved, but thatdoesn’t mean you should rest on your laurels.You may well be affected by more than one ofthem and could be no more than a misstepaway from a fine and some bad publicity.The Energy Performance of BuildingsDirective (EPBD) has three requirements andthe one causing the biggest stir right now isAir Conditioning Inspections. If you have airconditioning in your building, you should havealready had it inspected and had a reportgenerated by an accredited inspector. As it 11
  13. 13. Phil Evansis a compliance issue, many businesses willroll their eyes and say, ‘more money for oldrope’. Don’t look at it as an inconvenience –look at it as an opportunity to identify ways toimprove the efficiency of a building, therebyreducing running costs, initiating a shake-up of any complacent service providers andadding to the credibility of your business.The industry press is still concerned thatmost air conditioning systems have stillnot been inspected. If you’re serious aboutestablishing your green credentials, it’sessential that you remedy this, as your localTrading Standards Officer will soon be payingyou a visit and asking to see your report. If it’snot available you’re at risk of a fine, as wellas negative publicity that could damage yourgreen credentials.In addition to the ACIs (Air ConditioningInspections), there are also EPCs (EnergyPerformance Certificates) and DECs (DisplayEnergy Certificates). 12
  14. 14. The Business Owner’s Essential Guide to Energy EfficiencyAn EPC is required if you’re selling or lettingspace in a building. So if you’re rentingspace within an office block, did you askfor the EPC? If not, you need to ask yourlandlord for it as it will help you budget forenergy. Although you could argue that it isnot your concern, if you don’t have one, youshould certainly be concerned if you haveany sort of green policy in place. You will beblowing holes in its credibility if you cannotfind the time to be compliant with a piece oflegislation that has been in force since 2008!The DEC looks at the management andoperation of the building and needs to bereviewed annually. The fact it is an annualreview is intended to force building occupiersto frequently monitor their usage and takeaction to improve it. If you leave the heatingon when the building is empty, or run airconditioning when it’s cold outside...or worstof all, if you run air conditioning and heatingat the same time, you will be wasting a vastamount of money on unnecessary energy. 13
  15. 15. Phil EvansThis will in turn be stated in the DEC and it isthis kind of bad publicity that will always finda way into the media.A DEC is aimed at public buildings at themoment, but as the EU increases thepressure on the member states to improveenergy performance and reduce carbonemissions, you can be sure that the rules willchange and eventually all buildings will berequired to have an ACI, EPC and DEC. It’snot unreasonable to assume that they will allhave to be renewed annually.The message to take away is that whateveryou’re doing now to meet environmentallegislation, you should expect to be‘encouraged’ to do more in the not-too-distant future. The businesses that recognisethis, make a plan, budget for it and takeearly action will be able to keep ahead of thechanges and look cool, calm and collected,whilst their competitors struggle to stay incontrol. 14
  16. 16. The Business Owner’s Essential Guide to Energy EfficiencyHow going green can saveyou money and improve yourbusinessWith the economy in its present state, anyopportunities to save money are welcome.Every business can save money with goodenergy management. I’ve carried outhundreds of surveys throughout my careerand I’ve always found opportunities to reduceenergy costs by 20%. Actually, 50% savingsare possible, but it will mean investment anda very critical look at every design strategy,management technique, operating procedureand maintenance regime. But in theseincreasingly frugal times, any company thatwants to survive needs to look at every aspectof its existence.Even if you decide not to invest money inslashing your utility bills, good housekeepingand better management of the buildingcan be accomplished by providing energy 15
  17. 17. Phil Evansawareness training for your staff. Thisprovides an excellent return on investment,and can even be accomplished for free withthe right approach.There are a huge number of ways you cantrain staff to shave down the cost of yourutility bills. But the most cost-effectiveapproach would have to be behaviouralchange – simply getting your staff to ‘care’about their work environment and makingthem see that helping control costs is goodfor them as well as for the company. Justthink how much you could save if your staffadopted such simple habits as turning offthe lights when they weren’t needed, whichcould develop into a much larger ‘switch-off’campaign…You may be thinking that it’s been donebefore, or it doesn’t sound particularly awe-inspiring. Nonetheless, remember thatgaining the support and cooperation of yourstaff is essential for any initiative you want toimplement, spectacular or otherwise. 16
  18. 18. The Business Owner’s Essential Guide to Energy EfficiencyStart with a staff awareness campaign. Askfor volunteers and get them to drum upsome support from the rest of your staff(better this way than giving them the sensethat Management are imposing somethingon them). Make sure that there is visibleand verbal support for the volunteers fromthe top brass and that means attendingthe meetings, even if it’s just at the startto warm up the crowd. Even if you bring insomeone to deliver the training and to guidethe volunteers, the savings will more thancover the cost and the rest can be invested inother energy saving initiatives. And yes, youwill need to spend some money if you wantcontinued support from your staff and thecampaign to have any credibility.Picture the scene – you have a business witha dedicated and engaged workforce who seetheir employment with you as more thanjust ‘turning up’. They want to work hardand work for you. This can all start by simplygetting a group of them together, identifying 17
  19. 19. Phil Evansa common problem or goal and giving themthe support to fix or achieve it. Staff that feelempowered are going to work harder and bemore productive. Once established, that kindof ethos can make a huge difference to theoverall effectiveness (and profitability) of yourbusiness. 18
  20. 20. The Business Owner’s Essential Guide to Energy EfficiencyEstablishing credibilityIt’s all well and good proclaiming yourdedication to energy efficiency, but how doyou actually prove it? How do you establishcredibility?A good starting point is ISO50001, whichis the international energy managementstandard. It’s based on the same processesand procedures as 9001 and 14001 so if youhave those you will recognise the format.ISO14001 covers all aspects of environmentalmanagement, including energy, but energyhas become so important that it has resultedin its own management standard. And, keepin mind that working towards 50001 willresult in energy-related savings that can helpto fund other cost-saving initiatives or eventhe additional costs associated with attainingISO14001.If your organisation has to go down the pre-qualification questionnaire route beforebeing able to tender for work, then you may 19
  21. 21. Phil Evanshave already come up against issues relatingto your company’s credibility. If you haveISO9001, ISO14001, ISO18001, ISO50001,Investors in People etc. then you will be ableto get past the PQQ and actually bid for work,but attaining all of this is expensive.My advice to you is to aim for ISO50001 first,as you will become comfortable with theISO way of working. It will also result in costsavings that can keep you moving forward.Attaining an ISO is an obvious demonstrationof your organisation’s environmentalcredentials. In addition, it will open doors topotential clients that have more stringentselection criteria and will make your companyfar more attractive to your prospects. Don’tmiss the opportunity to use your new ISO forkeeping your company at the forefront of yourmarket by issuing press releases and other,effective social media techniques.There are numerous other environmentalawards and each professional or trade body 20
  22. 22. The Business Owner’s Essential Guide to Energy Efficiencyhas their own variation. Just rememberthat once you’ve attained your ISO, you havealready won the ‘Oscar’. Before you go afterany other award, ask yourself if it is reallyworth the effort – will it open new doors, or isit just green bling?So, there are serious opportunities affordedby going green. By being able to demonstratethat you have serious green credentials, youcan generate some excellent PR for yourbusiness and vastly increase your profile...just be selective about what awards you gofor. 21
  23. 23. Phil EvansYour carbon footprintThe whole issue of carbon is massive in theUK now. Put simply, carbon equals energy.The UK is committed to reducing its carbonfootprint by 80% by the year 2050. Thiscommitment means there are going to haveto be fundamental changes in the way that wegenerate and use energy.The Government is pushing generators toproduce greener electricity and they will(eventually) make all businesses in theUK more energy efficient (and thereforereduce the carbon footprint) by continuingto increase the cost of and legislationrelating to energy. If you don’t know whatyour carbon footprint is right now, you hadbetter start gathering together the utilitybills for all your buildings (rented or owned),the fuel used in your company vehicles and(if that isn’t enough) identify what mode oftransport and how far your staff travel towork. If you’re really keen, you should also 22
  24. 24. The Business Owner’s Essential Guide to Energy Efficiencystart investigating your supply chain andask questions on their carbon footprint. Thecarbon footprint can grow far beyond youroffice and inevitably will if we are to achievethe legally-binding target of 80% by 2050.It therefore goes without saying that anybusiness needs to be considering theircarbon footprint right now if they are notalready. Whether you like it or not, you’ll haveto deal with this issue eventually. But ratherthan waiting and having it forced on you, whynot treat it as another opportunity to show abusiness differentiator?If you’re not already affected, you maybe in the future by the Carbon ReductionCommitment. Bigger UK organisations arehaving to buy and sell tonnes of carbonthey emit through their use of fossil fueland electricity. So not only are they buyingelectricity and gas to allow them to operate,but they are paying for the pollution thatelectricity and gas causes. Could there be amore effective incentive to improve energy 23
  25. 25. Phil Evansefficiency, than the thought of, effectively,paying for the same thing twice?Actually, there is...You’re already paying twice for the samething, now add to that the uncertainty of howmuch electricity and gas will cost the nexttime you have to renew your contract and theuncertainty of how much a tonne of carbonwill cost if you have to buy extra to cover yourCO2 pollution. From now on, when you thinkof carbon, you should think of the carbonmarket. Like all markets, where there isuncertainty, there is risk – and where there isrisk, there are higher costs to pay.Those companies who choose to begrudginglyaccept all of this environmental legislation asjust more forms of tax, without recognisingthat it is all aimed at fundamentally changingthe way we do business in the UK will, Iimagine, carry on as they’ve always done.They are in for a mighty shock as they willsoon find themselves losing their existing 24
  26. 26. The Business Owner’s Essential Guide to Energy Efficiencyclients and unable to acquire new ones, asthey can no longer offer out-dated carbon-intensive services or products.Those organisations who see the issue ofcarbon as an opportunity either to makemoney from being so efficient that theycan sell carbon credits, or are able to offeralternatives to energy-intensive solutions willbecome the successes of UK business.So will it be survival of the fittest, or survivalof the greenest? 25
  27. 27. Phil EvansConclusionBy now, it should be clear that making yourbusiness energy-aware and efficient is theright thing to do as we move ever closer to alow-carbon economy.I hope this booklet has been both interestingand informative and provided you with a freshperspective on the issue of energy efficiency.Remember, you should always look atbuilding a green business as an opportunity,not a chore. If you bear this in mind whenimplementing everything you have learnt, thebenefits will be enormous.Good luck! 26
  28. 28. The Business Owner’s Essential Guide to Energy EfficiencyAbout Green Bridge My name is Phil Evans and I’m the founder of Green Bridge. Throughout my 20 year career I’ve worked in the public sector, various corporate organisationsand consultancies and have even been theEnergy and Environmental Manager forImperial College, London. The specialists I’veworked with, the clients I’ve worked for andthe experiences I’ve gained mean that I amnow an expert in energy and environmentalmatters.It’s because of these experiences thatI realised that, although energy andenvironmental issues need addressing for awhole range of moral and ethical reasons,it was not being tackled with any seriousdegree of commitment, always languishing atthe bottom of a company’s list of priorities. 27
  29. 29. Phil EvansMy mission soon became clear: I neededto make sure that companies could seea financial advantage in tackling thecomplexities of environmental compliance, orthe simpler (yet often ignored) issue of energyefficiency.It’s this that eventually led me to found GreenBridge, to educate others about the value ofenergy awareness and to equip them with themeans to implement it in their businesses.My services emphasise simple, practicalsolutions for the problems businesses facewith energy wastage. I don’t offer solutionsunless they make good financial sense and sopaybacks are calculated whenever possible.This, coupled with my passion for my workand years of experience, mean I am able tooffer all businesses a solution that fits theirspecific energy needs.Just visit my website to find out more… 28
  30. 30. The Business Owner’s Essential Guide to Energy EfficiencyA Special Reader OfferIf you’d like to find out more aboutmaking your business energy efficient,I’d be delighted to help you do it. Infact, I’d like to offer you a consultationover the phone, completely free, wherewe’ll talk in detail about your business’energy needs and what you could bedoing to both save money and protectthe environment.To arrange your free consultation,just contact me by email,or give me a call on 07854791854.I look forward to speaking with you! 29
  31. 31. Phil EvansTestimonials“Phil is a very diligent and hard workingperson and his expertise within the Energysector has proven to be invaluable. Hisunderstanding of the engineering andmaintenance sectors enabled him todevelop and deliver energy based servicesthat complimented our core business. Itallowed us to differentiate ourselves fromour competitors. His experience has enabledWestway to understand more about thismarket and recognise the number of differentopportunities it provides to gain marketshare.”Andy Donnell,Managing Director, Westway Services“Enthusiastic, knowledgeable and committed.Outstanding at building relationships withclients.”Ian Crosby,Principal Consultant, AEA Technology 30
  32. 32. The Business Owner’s Essential Guide to Energy Efficiency“I worked closely with Phil when heundertook the role of Senior Energy Managersupporting the EMCOR – GSK R&D account. Itwas Phil’s drive, personality, communicationskills, leadership and most of all hispassion that sets him well-above his peersand allowed him to succeed against verydemanding targets and time frames.”Ian Van Nierop,Divisional Director, EMCOR FacilitiesServices“Phil is a very approachable, hard-workingand straight talking, energy and businessprofessional. He is highly regarded in thearea of energy management and is wellnetworked. On the occasions that I have metPhil, I have found him to be extremely wellinformed and a pleasure to deal with.”Andy Cartland,Managing Director, Acre Resources 31
  33. 33. Phil Evans“I had the pleasure of working with Phil atWestway Services. Phil has a huge amountof enthusiasm and passion for his work. Thiswas very infectious and resulted in high levelsof morale for all that worked with him. I hopeour paths cross in the future.”Andrew MacBride,HVAC Engineer, Westway Services“Phil is dedicated, driven and exceptional in hischosen field of expertise along with commercialastuteness. He is capable of formulating andimplementing strategy as well as excellenttactical delivery. I would recommend Phil forany Senior Executive role.”Heidi Teague, Consulting Performance & MIManager, Johnson Controls“Very experienced Energy & Project Manager.Reliable, friendly, sees the job through tofruition.”Bob Jauncey,Technical Development Manager, RWEnpower 32
  34. 34. The Business Owner’s Essential Guide toENERGY EFFICIENCY Everything you need to build a more ethical, more profitable businessNowadays, businesses are expected to be moreenvironmentally friendly than ever before.Unfortunately, there’s so much information floatingaround and so many seemingly complex regulationsthat teaching your business to ‘think green’ can seemlike an impossible task.That’s why I wrote this book.My name is Phil Evans and I’ve spent more than 20 years helping makebusinesses more energy-aware. Contrary to popular belief, it is not onlypossible, but easier and more cost-effective than you could ever imagine tobuild a business that’s not only environmentally friendly, but profitable as well.Inside you’ll learn…• Why you need to be energy efficient – and why you should look it as an opportunity• Everything you need to know about compliance with environmental regulations• How to bring your workforce on board with energy efficiency• How to make massive savings on your utility bills• How carbon is changing the way we do business• How to use your green credentials to generate publicityAnd much more!Whatever the nature of your business, these tips are guaranteed to help yourbusiness boost both its green credentials and its profits.