Competition Drives Energy Management in the UK

September 4, 2014 By Linda Hardesty

Siemens-Energy-ManageSixty-four percent of food and beverage companies in the United Kingdom are considering increasing their investment in energy management in the next 12 months, according to a report by Siemens Industry, “The Future of Energy: The UK Manufacturing Opportunity,” which surveyed 600 senior executives and energy managers at manufacturing companies.

Although the food and beverage sector lagged behind other sectors such as automotive and aerospace, in terms of energy management, the report found:

  • 73 percent have formalized training in place for staff on energy management
  • 74 percent have purchased energy saving technology
  • 66 percent say there is a senior director responsible for energy management in their organization
  • 63 percent have invested in renewable/self-generation technology

Across all manufacturing sectors, the key driver for energy management projects was to achieve a competitive advantage. However, for some, significant barriers to investing in energy management still remain such as a poor or uncertain return, budget and capital outlay, a lack of internal resources and dealing with other priorities.

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