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Roadmap to energy efficiency

COPA-DATA publish guidance on energy efficiency and reducing energy consumption

TO help UK manufacturers cope with increasing energy prices and environmental regulations, industrial automation software experts COPA-DATA have published a white paper containing useful guidance for companies eager to reduce their energy consumption.

The implementation of the Energy Savings Opportunities Scheme (ESOS) has forced all large UK businesses to make energy efficiency a priority in the long term. The scheme mandates that all large enterprises need to organize comprehensive assessments of energy use and energy-saving opportunities at least once every four years.

Similarly, since its introduction in 2011, the ISO 50001 standard has become increasingly popular with UK companies. The certification represents a clear commitment to the continuous improvement of energy efficiency and results in the development of a company-wide energy-management system.

‘The number and rigour of mandatory environmental measures is on the rise,’ explained Martyn Williams, managing director of COPA-DATA UK. ‘Add to this the staggering complexity of optional energy certifications and you have a confusing mix that makes some companies postpone becoming energy efficient.

‘COPA-DATA wanted to provide a short and clear guide to what companies could do to reduce their energy usage in the long run. In our experience, this is only achievable if a reliable, flexible energy-management system is put in place.

‘Gathering and analysing relevant production data to create energy key indicators and set realistic energy objectives is the first step towards energy efficiency,’ said Mr Williams.

The ‘Roadmap to energy efficiency’ white paper can be downloaded from the COPA-DATA website. Also, more in-depth information on energy management in compliance with ISO 50001 can be found on the COPA-DATA website.

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