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Food and drink firms focus on energy savings

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Don't miss free advice on energy saving at our one-hour webinar on Thursday September 18 at 11am GMT
Don't miss free advice on energy saving at our one-hour webinar on Thursday September 18 at 11am GMT
Rising energy costs are focusing food and drink manufacturers’ attention on making savings, according to a new report from Siemens Industry.

Nearly three-quarters (75%) of 600 board directors, senior management and energy managers reported seeing benefits to the bottom line arising from energy saving meaures. Advice on energy saving is available at the Food Manufacture Group’s free, one-hour webinar​ at 11am GMT on Thursday September 18. More details are available at the end of this article.

A further 77% of executives viewed energy management as critical to the success of their business. The survey – which included UK manufacturers operating across all major sectors – specifically revealed the growing awareness of energy management at board level in food and drink  manufacturing firms.

Spending on energy

Nearly two-thirds (64%) of food and drink producers planned to increase spending on energy management during the next 12 months.

Siemens Industry head of energy efficiency and environmental care Steve Barker recommended urgent action. “For the industrial sector, and the food and beverage sector in particular, the challenges around managing energy consumption will only intensify in the years to come and doing nothing is not an option for businesses that want to thrive,”​ said Barker.

“The real reward for food and beverage businesses is evidenced in the bottom line and the 70% who say it has improved as a result of energy management measures.”  

But some businesses still struggled to recognise the benefits of energy management, he added. However, the perceived barriers to investment can be overcome with the right information and flexible financial support.

“There are already many manufacturers taking action in this crucial area and, together with expert technology partners, they can help to inspire and educate those who say they have ‘other priorities’ over and above energy management,”​ said Barker.

The future of energy

The Siemens Industry report  was titled The Future of Energy: The UK Manufacturing Opportunity​. The key trends revealed by the survey are set out in the infographic below.

Meanwhile, the scope to make energy savings, while complying with new EU legislation requiring mandatory energy audits for some firms, will be outlined at our free, one-hour online seminar at 11am GMT on Thursday September 18. The Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme (ESOS) requires all firms with more than 250 employees to conduct audits before December 2015.

Taking part in the webinar – Energy savings opportunity scheme: switching on to saving – sponsored by energy specialist JRP Solutions, will be the boss of Wyke Farms alongside experts from government and the Food and Drink Federation (FDF).

The panel includes:

  • Richard Clothier, md of Wyke Farms
  • Martin Adams, ESOS team leader, Energy Efficiency Deployment Office
  • Steve Reeson, FDF head of climate change and energy policy
  • Jes Rutter, md JRP Solutions

Reserve your free place here​. Once registered you can listen to the webinar at any time, any number of times, after its broadcast. There is no limit on the number of people who can register to attend the online seminar.

The webinar will conclude with a question and answer session and you can put your question in advance to our expert panel by emailing

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