Head in the Sand Approach to Energy Management

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More than a third of UK businesses (35 per cent) are still without an energy management policy, according to new research by business-to-business energy consultancy energyTEAM.

This is despite 88 per cent agreeing that such a policy would positively impact their bottom line and CSR efforts.

According to the survey, businesses with an energy management policy rose by 14 per cent from 2007 and awareness of the cost benefits of doing so also increased from 80 to 88 per cent.

However, just one per cent per cent of those interviewed have employed a dedicated energy manager, and just three per cent per cent have a procurement manager to oversee energy purchasing.

With 33 per cent of respondents admitting to confusion over how the Government's piecemeal legislation on energy use in businesses impacts their organisations, the research shows that nationally, a significant number of UK business leaders are adopting a "head in the sand" approach rather than investing in the necessary resource and knowledge that would see them more than recoup these costs.

Across the sectors interviewed radical discrepancies are evident, pointing once more to significant knowledge gaps. …