Treat energy as seriously as health and safety

By Laurence Gibbons contact

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Food and drink manufacturers should treat energy management as seriously as health and safety, according to the boss of energy efficiency specialist JRP Solutions.

JRP Solutions md Jes Rutter told FoodManufacture.co.uk in this exclusive video that reducing energy was a “moral responsibility”​ that needed to become second nature for food and drink businesses.

“There is a moral responsibility on organisations wider than just saving money or good business sense,”​ Ritter said. “It does go further than that, we have to care for the planet.

Health and safety

“Not a nice comparison, but relevant is regarding health and safety – 15, 20, 30 years’ ago it wasn’t such a second nature thing in organisations as it is today. We need that in respect to energy as well, not just in the workplace but in the home as well – a lot of it is simple.”

There was a danger that even big businesses were not managing their energy as effectively as they could because they suffered from the mentality of thinking ‘what difference can I make,’ Rutter added.

Watch this video to find out what other barriers Rutter said were preventing food and drink firms from installing better energy management solutions.

Rutter is one of four expert speakers lined up to take part in the Food Manufacture Group’s free one-hour energy webinar at 11am on Thursday September 18.

The webinar will aim to arm delegates with the information they need to comply with the mandatory energy efficiency assessments, required as part on the Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme (ESOS).

Scope for savings

The online seminar will explore the scope for savings, as businesses prepare to comply with new EU legislation requiring mandatory energy audits to be conducted by December 2015.

The new rules – set out in ESOS – will require firms with more than 250 employees to undertake mandatory energy audits. But the scope to make significant energy savings is not confined to large-scale firms, according to our webinar panel.

The panel also includes md of Wyke Farms Richard Clothier, head of climate change and energy policy at the Food and Drink Federation Stephen Reeson and energy efficiency deployment officer at the Department of Energy and Climate Change Martin Adams.

For more information or to register for the webinar, click here.

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