No need to fear energy audits: Wyke Farms boss

By Laurence Gibbons contact

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Food and drink manufacturers have no need to fear compulsory energy audits that must be conducted by December 2015, says Wyke Farms’ boss Richard Clothier.

In this video interview – filmed after the Food Manufacture Group’s one-hour energy saving webinar​ last week – Clothier explains the mandatory audits could lead to significant savings for businesses.

All businesses with over 250 employees or a turnover of €50M or more are required to conduct audits by new EU legislation – the Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme (ESOS).

Martin Adams, ESOS team leader, from the government’s Energy Efficiency Deployment Office, estimated annual savings of about £250M if manufacturers made modest cuts of just 0.7% in their energy usage.

Automatically ensure ESOS compliance

Jes Rutter, md of energy consultant JRP Solutions, underlined the need to appoint a qualified lead assessor to conduct the energy audits. He also recommended considering, over the next two months, meeting the international energy standard ISO 50,001 – which would automatically ensure ESOS compliance – and deliver continuous improvements in energy savings.

Also taking part in the webinar – sponsored by JRP Solutions – was Stephen Reeson, the Food and Drink Federation’s head of climate change and energy policy.

Missed the free-to-attend webinar? You can listen to all the presentations again and lively question and answer debate that followed here​. You can listen at any time and any number of times.

 

Related topics: Dairy, Dairy-based ingredients

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