UK manufacturers call for low carbon annual energy statement

Manufacturers in the UK are calling on the government to re-instate an annual energy statement along with a series of reforms as part of its industrial strategy commitments. A new report from EFF, the manufacturers’ organisation, examines the UK’s future supply of electricity and suggests the 2017 annual energy statement should include a full phase […]

Manufacturing 4.0 – upgrade your business to the latest version

Manufacturers are entering the 4th wave of industry – are you ready for hyperconnectivity? Increased connectivity of machinery will lead to better insight, better management and improvement of the efficiency of your operations. Monitoring your processes and energy use with the Internet of Things (IoT) will help unearth hidden savings in your energy bills. As […]

Taking control of utilities helps manufacturers roll with the punches

A different approach to energy and water consumption could help manufacturers block and evade the combination of punches coming at them this year from forces they can’t control. UK manufacturers have taken many body blows in the past, but the pressures today are intense. At home, the challenges include skills shortages and political uncertainty over […]

Energy efficiency saves US manufacturers $2.4bn

Manufacturers in the US have racked up an estimated $2.4 billion (£1.6bn) in energy savings in the last five years. They spend more than $200 billion (£131bn) every year to power their plants, according to the US Department of Energy. Under its ‘Better Plants Programme’, manufacturers and water and wastewater treatment companies set a goal […]

Half of manufacturers don’t know about ESOS – poll

Nearly half of British manufacturers (45%) are unprepared for the government’s mandatory energy audits which kick in next year, claims a new poll. A similar proportion (49%) say they aren’t even aware of the Energy Saving Opportunity Scheme (ESOS) while two-thirds (69%) feel uninformed about its requirements. The worrying statistics come from a survey of […]

Fallon hints at Budget relief for manufacturing energy costs

Business and Energy Minister Michael Fallon has given a strong hint there will be action to help manufacturers with energy costs. Speaking yesterday at the International Utility Conference, Mr Fallon admitted the risk to jobs is “very real”. Energy intensive industries have already been given a package of measures to lessen the burden of UK […]

Major businesses call on Government to back carbon targets

An alliance of more than 100 organisations including businesses, trade groups, investors and NGOs, have urged the UK Government to follow the advice of the Committee on Climate Change (CCC) and stick to its carbon reduction targets. Firms including SSE, Kingfisher, DONG Energy, WWF and the Renewable Energy Association (REA) published a joint statement in […]

Energy efficiency helps US manufacturers save $1bn

More than 120 manufacturers in the US have saved around $1 billion (£0.62bn) in energy costs by investing in efficiency measures. They made the investments as part of the US Department of Energy’s (DOE) ‘Better Buildings, Better Plants’ programme, where manufacturers voluntarily signed a pledge to reduce energy intensity by around 25% over 10 years. […]

Metal-crafter to cut energy costs by £11k

A firm which crafts metal parts is set to save itself £11,000 a year in energy costs. The West Yorkshire-based company Cirteq which turns wire into metal fasteners has seen its energy costs have fallen from 3.36p per hour to 1.47p an hour since installing variable-speed drives, according to the installer ABB. Variable speed drives or […]

Manufacturers warn UK could miss out on £880bn green growth

British manufacturers have warned that UK green technology output is “faltering” and the country could miss out on a potential £880 billion boost to the economy by 2050. A new report by the manufacturers’ organisation EEF suggests the UK is the sixth and largest producer and provider of low carbon goods and services, with £112 […]