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Why businesses should be more Energy Efficient

wood pellets Many business account managers will say becoming energy efficient is unachievable for many reasons such as: it doesn’t happen overnight, it takes a long period to see a reduction in energy usage, and takes years to see a return on investment for energy-efficient projects. This would be very difficult for business managers to adhere to as their main aim is to make profit; they may have to convince and manage the rest of the workforce by encouraging them to act efficiently at all times. Despite business energy managers facing huge challenges, energy efficiency has a variety of benefits for businesses.


According to Surple, 6 key benefits of being energy efficient are:

Energy efficiency helps to reduce costs – In the past, energy efficiency was seen as uncontrollable. However, more companies are using energy in a controllable manner and are seeing positive financial implications on the company.

Reduce risk – In recent years, the global energy markets have been increasing significantly and this trend is expected to continue. The best way to limit the effect the unpredictable energy markets can have on your business is to generate your energy.

Improving brand reputation – Within the last year, more and more people are inclined to becoming environmentally friendly. By brands becoming more environmentally aware and being energy-efficient, this can improve the brand’s reputation and have a positive effect on business.

Energy efficiency can improve working conditions for employees – By businesses ensuring they are energy efficient, they are improving employees comfort levels, well-being, and performance. By businesses being more energy-efficient, they can provide appropriate lighting and properly installed Heating Ventilation and Cooling (HVAC) systems which improve employee productivity

It’s good for the planetGlobal concerns about climate change have increased massively over the past year. A good way for businesses to reduce the environmental impact of their energy use is to become 100% renewable energy suppliers. Lowering the carbon footprint can go hand-in-hand with reducing your energy spend, meaning both your business and the planet can benefit.

Being efficient can help with compliance –  The UK and ROI government have created specific plans to benefit the world we live in. In 2019, the UK government passed laws to end its contribution to global warming by 2050 meaning all greenhouse gas emissions will be net-zero. With businesses accounting for around 18% of all carbon dioxide emissions in the UK, it would be impossible for the UK to reach these targets. With more strict rules coming into place In the future, businesses that act now will be in a much better position than those that don’t.

In 2020, ROI created a Climate Action bill. This plan creates a new target to reach carbon neutrality by 2050, which will change the economy and society at every level. ROI plans to change how homes are heated, generate power, moving around the country, grow our food and run our businesses. It sends a clear signal to every sector that it must reshape its activities to reduce emissions

 

To read these in more depth please visit Surple


If you have a business and are looking more information,  please feel free to contact us via our Contact Us form on our site, sending us an email by clicking the button below, or give us a call and one of our Account Managers can chat you through everything:



Balcas Energy is the largest manufacturer & distributor of carbon neutral wood pellets, supplying fuel since 2004. We offer heating contracts where you can pay by kWh and help with an energy solution tailored for your business, whatever that is.

You can read more about our heat contracts and about our team here.

Government announcement: Companies must commit to net zero emissions to win major government contracts

We’re delighted to hear and support the UK government’s announcement that businesses must commit to net zero by 2050 before they can bid for major government contracts.

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Any firm applying for a public sector contract worth more than £5m a year will have to meet the criteria from September.

From September, firms seeking public sector contracts worth more than £5m a year will also have to publish “clear and credible carbon reduction plans” before being considered, the Cabinet Office said.

It means that all firms bidding for contracts will have to meet the new criteria – not just those who win, a government spokesman said.

Under the new plans, a carbon reduction plan will have to set out where a company’s emissions come from and the environmental management measures it has in place.

For the entire press release which outlines the new criteria please read more on the Government website here.

 

If you have a business and you’re not familiar with these new changes and don’t know how to go carbon neutral, please feel free to contact us via our Contact Us form on our site, sending us an email by clicking the button below, or give us a call at and one of our Account Managers can chat you through everything:


Balcas Energy is the largest manufacturer & distributor of carbon neutral wood pellets, supplying fuel since 2004. We offer heating contracts where you can pay by kWh and help with an energy solution tailored for your business, whatever that is.

You can read more about our heat contracts and about our team here.

Five reasons why Tomorrow Depends on Trees

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Here are Five reasons why all our Tomorrows Depend on Trees and how Balcas Energy supports the fight against climate change:

 

1. Carbon Dioxide is warming the earth and accelerating climate change. Trees absorb CO2 and store it.

2. Balcas Energy is made from fast growing softwood – we plant four trees for every one we harvest, offsetting any CO2 released.

3. By making our business local, we are supporting a sustainable timber industry that is making increased forest cover a reality in the UK and Ireland. Ireland wants to increase its forest cover  by 64% by 2050. The UK wants to increase its forest cover by 19% by 2050.

4. Trees are the ultimate renewable resource – we can grow them right here without having to worry about global market price fluctuations.

5. Moving from fossil fuels to Balcas Energy’s locally produced wood pellets results in a 100% reduction in carbon emissions.

 

How we make our wood pellets?

We sustainably manufacture our wood pellets in our two plants located in Enniskillen, Northern Ireland, and Invergordon, Scotland.

We make them with renewable energy and high quality material. So our operations are powered by green electricity. We generate this on site thanks to the co-products of all Balcas saw-milling activities.

The original timber is either spruce or pine, which are all locally sourced from sustainably managed forests.

Click here to see Balcas Energy Sustainability Manufacturing Process…

 

Renewable energy edges out fossil fuels as Britain goes coal free for two months

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Last night marked a significant landmark in the renewable energy sector. Great Britain has gone two entire months without burning any coal to generate power.

A decade ago about 40% of the country’s electricity came from coal; coronavirus is part of the story, but far from all.

When Britain went into lockdown, electricity demand plummeted; the National Grid responded by taking power plants off the network.

The four remaining coal-fired plants were among the first to be shut down.

The last coal generator came off the system at midnight on 9 April. No coal has been burnt for electricity since.

The current coal-free period smashes the previous record of 18 days, 6 hours and 10 minutes which was set in June last year.

Displacing fossil fuels is nothing new to Balcas; we’ve been producing renewable energy now for over 15 years. Both by making wood pellets and creating renewable electricity for our local communities.

Balcas Energy’s Invergordon and Enniskillen sites have production capacities of 115,000 tonnes and 60,000 tonnes of wood pellets respectively.

Our operations are so efficient that we put surplus electricity back into the grid throughout the year:

  • Invergordon, Scotland has a production capacity of over 110,000 tonnes a year. This is the largest local pellet prodiction facility in the UK and Ireland and has a 9MW CHP (electric) capacity, of this 5MW is exported to the grid, while the other 3MW used on site.

 

  • Enniskillen, Northern Ireland is the site of a 3MWe Combined Heat and Power (CHP) plant and pellet mill with a production capacity of over 60,000 tonnes per annum. It is located on the same site as the our timber mill due to the close proximity of raw materials.

 

Our biomass pellets are always available, as we are in control of manufacturing and distribution. Wood Pellets for sale online 24/7 via our Online Shop:

Read full story on BBC…