Carbon Trust launches energy saving guide for businesses


The Carbon Trust Advice Line has launched a guide, which sets out how a range of industrial, commercial and public sector organisations can cut their energy bills by rolling out an effective energy management strategy.

Working with companies on good energy management, the Carbon Trust said it has witnessed savings of up to 25% with typical payback periods of two years or less.

As well as reduced costs, effective energy management can also help in managing an organisation’s carbon footprint, enhance green credentials, and ensure compliance with legal requirements, the company claims.

To start putting good energy management into practice, the Carbon  Trust urges businesses to call its Advice Line (0800 085 2005) where experts are on hand to help SMEs create an Energy Saving Plan. 

This is a bespoke free service to develop a tailored action plan, which includes simple and low cost measures, along with opportunities to implement technology improvements for example to lighting, heating or refrigeration equipment, the company said,

Richard Rugg, director of Carbon Trust Programmes, said: “Cutting overheads is rightly high on the agenda at the moment, but energy costs don’t receive the attention they deserve. When it comes to managing energy, ignorance certainly isn’t bliss. You could be missing out on savings of up to 25% on your energy bills. If you don’t know where to start download our new guide, and call our advice line for your free Energy Saving Plan to see how your organisation could start cutting its energy bills.”

The guide, Energy management – a comprehensive guide to controlling energy use, is part of the Carbon Trust’s Expert in Energy series and can be downloaded from

It says good energy management practice should include:

  • Energy being viewed as a strategic issue with active involvement from senior management
  • Reliable and effective systems for monitoring and reporting energy performance
  • Adequate planning to meet upcoming regulation
  • High employee awareness maintained throughout the organisation, measured by an employee questionnaire
  • Measurement of the resulting energy and cost savings

An example of a company using good energy management practice is Sainsbury’s, which worked with the Carbon Trust to deliver a programme that appointed ‘energy champions’ across its stores.  

As part of the programme, two initiatives included identifying an easier way for colleagues to control back-of-store lighting and developing a process for giving staff daily updates on energy usage. 

A review compiled by the Carbon Trust calculated that simply by appointing their ‘energy champions’ Sainsbury’s could save up to 5% on energy consumption.