This week, Sustain were invited to speak at the September edition of the Low Carbon South West 2015 business breakfast series. Between coffee and pastries, Simon White, one of our Senior Project Managers and head of our British Gas Energy Efficiency Fund work, joined speakers from Bath Abbey, Buro Happold and Go Green.
Simon took to the stage to talk about ‘The Energy Efficiency Opportunity’ for small to medium enterprises (SME’s). His presentation was based around the recent work Sustain have undertaken for SME’s in the South West region. Through outlining a number of real-world projects he was able to back up the theoretical advantages of energy efficiency and identify the savings that can be achieved. Simon said ‘the presentation really allowed us to communicate some of the great work Sustain has been doing throughout the South West and really prove that energy efficiency can be a real opportunity for businesses.’
Also speaking at the event was Charles Curnock and Neil Francis, from Bath Abbey and Buro Happold respectively, discussing the Abbey’s ongoing ‘Footprint’ programme. The presentation focussed on how the project will ensure sustainability in the Abbey’s energy use. Charles and Neil provided fascinating insights into the solutions being utilised in the Abbey, ranging from LED lighting fixtures to a renewable heat source harnessing Bath’s geothermal spring! You can find out more about Footprint here.
Finally Amy Robinson, Network Director for Go Green, gave a brief update on Go Green and outlined how Bristol businesses have been getting stuck in to their sustainable practices! The number of businesses that have signed up is now over 1,000 and among those improving are Oxford Instruments – who are set to save an astonishing £48,000 in energy costs from behaviour change alone – Velopost – who are continuing to expand their sustainable post service – and none other than ourselves! Our recent task lighting project, which has the potential to reduce energy demand by 99%, has been causing something of a stir. You can find out more about that work here.
The event was a great opportunity to find out about what’s been going on among the green business community in the region and we’re looking forward to the next one!
You can find out more information about the event, including all presentations, here.