Getting energy efficiency message to SMEs ‘a challenge’

The I&C sector is investing in energy efficiency measures but the challenge is getting that message across at the “smaller end”. That’s the view of Stephen Beynon, Managing Director at […]

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By Priyanka Shrestha

The I&C sector is investing in energy efficiency measures but the challenge is getting that message across at the “smaller end”.

That’s the view of Stephen Beynon, Managing Director at British Gas Business, who believes smaller firms “don’t really know what they can do”.

“For a small business customer it’s finding the time and also knowing what they can do to reduce their consumption”, he told ELN.

Mr Beynon however insists investment in energy efficiency technologies can lead to huge energy savings regardless of the size of the business.

He said: “It’s a question of the industry guiding and showing what can be done and helping people share that information.

 

“I think there are some great examples emerging across the business market of people taking action and reducing their consumption significantly and improving their competitiveness as a result. In the industry, more sharing of that kind of activity is extremely important.”

He also believes small businesses are interested in two things: “What big businesses are doing and what’s going on in the homes.”

Mr Beynon said he is “optimistic” about what he wants from the next Government: “I’m hopeful they will recognise the need for the stability that’s required to create an investment climate that the country needs.”