In a recent article by sustainability website Edie, Rich Clothier, managing director at Wyke Farms says that big business is stunting the move to a green economy by viewing measures as ‘nice to have’ rather than essential to success.
Based in Somerset, Wyke Farms has been producing cheese and other food products since 1861 and the business remains in family ownership. They opened their Green Energy Centre in 2013 and fuel the operation entirely from onsite renewable energy, partly as a response to a change in water supplies but also recognising the commercial value of sustainable practices.
Edie quotes Clothier as saying
“I talk to people who work in sustainable roles in big PLCs, and their biggest problem is getting the stakeholders to commit the funds because there are always other priorities,” said Clothier. “I think that’s one of the biggest challenges – leveraging the finance.”
“60% of consumers are looking for ‘green’ products,” he added. “It’s a no-brainer“.
The solution sought by Wyke Farms hasn’t included biomass but the sentiment echoes our own findings at HWEnergy. We are beginning to see more private sector businesses consider renewables and have worked with Sky, Scottish Water, EBlast and others designing and installing wood heat solutions but there is still only a tentative take up of renewables in general by the private sector. The consensus is that the green credentials of a company do influence purchase decision and therefore directly affect the bottom line but there is still more hesitancy than might be expected given the tangible returns.
Biomass heating is now so well tried and tested in the UK, on top of decades of experience in Europe, that projections for heat output, cost and CO2 savings should be nearing 100% accuracy if conducted by a reliable company. That means that businesses making the decision to migrate to renewables can base that on an informed choice. Biomass heating will not suit every situation and other options should be considered at the outset depending on the site, access, heat requirement and function but again that is something which a reliable energy auditor can easily identify if a business isn’t confident to make that conclusion independently. On the assumption that the audit is well done and the business case assessment for the selected renewable is equally well carried out then businesses are well placed to make sound financial and environmental assessments.
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For the article on Wyke Farms visit www.edie.net