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Energy Crisis: UK businesses can learn from each other

The net-zero imperative has become an organising principle for businesses, with companies who develop and incorporate astute net-zero plans being able to distinguish their companies from peers. However, a landmark study commissioned by sustainability experts, SaveMoneyCutCarbon (SMCC), demonstrates that over half (51%) of UK employers have plans to lower the carbon footprint of their company, but don’t know where to start.

SMCC is dedicated to supporting businesses throughout the UK formulate core strategies to implement net-zero plans. With over half of FTSE 100 companies pledging to reach net-zero by 2050 at COP26 – and over 2000 small businesses joining the ‘Race to Zero’ – SMCC aims to provide corporate strategy and carbon mentorship to businesses needing to act now to meet the demands of the government, investors, science, and society at large.

Through the company’s instrumental work in the business sector, SMCC have partnered with various corporate leaders across the UK, designing tailored strategies to assist with cutting carbon emissions while simultaneously reducing costs. Helmed by CEO and founder of SMCC, Mark Sait, SMCC’s corporate projects have assisted with reducing energy consumption by over 3 million kWh. Below are some of the businesses SMCC have partnered with:

Greene King’s Distribution Centre

Partnering with the country’s leading pub retailer and brewer, SMCC assisted the business with finding a solution for an LED lighting retrofit at their Abingdon location. The distribution centre had inefficient and ageing lighting across the warehouse as their products were stacked in varied heights, meaning the lighting distribution was uneven as the positioning of the products shifted; SMCC conducted an extensive technical survey and generated a detailed lighting design specific to Greene King’s requirements – with comprehensive costings as part of an investment-ready proposal for an LED upgrade.

The team installed LED high bays, panels and lighting controls to produce consistent lighting across the entire warehouse while simultaneously cutting costs and carbon emissions. This change reduced the business’ energy costs by 72.3% per year – equivalent to around £14,800. Further, the LED lighting installation cut carbon emissions by over 72%, while creating an even lighting distribution across the entire location.