Upstream - The Newsletter of Incentive FM Group

Nonsense of the Green Deal

The Incentive Carbon Management team has been busy following the decision to withdraw from the Green Deal scheme. At the Green Deal Provider forum in May, we were advised by the Department of Climate Change and the Green Deal Finance Company that there were no plans to extend the scheme to commercial premises, a decision at odds with the initial announcement of the scheme’s scope in 2012. This was particularly disappointing, given we had identified over £1m of refurbishment opportunities, forecast to save over 1,000 tonnes of carbon per annum for clients in the care home and hotel sectors. The Green Deal Scheme has yet to become a roaring success in the domestic sectors either, with only 2% of the 200,000+ home surveys tuning into projects!

Incentive Carbon Management has issued advice to the Group's operational staff on utility procurement, seeing a window of opportunity to secure electricity and gas deals now before forecasted price increases in the autumn, with clients such as Colgate Palmolive, Equiniti and Ageas taking this advice and securing thousands of pounds of cost avoidance. There's still time to secure a great deal, contact Nick Murphy (nick.murphy@incentive-fm.com).

A number of Incentive Carbon Management surveys have also identified significant cost saving opportunities using ICM's specialist lighting solutions. The LED lighting industry is a minefield, with a glut of cheap, old, unreliable lamps on the market. Incentive Carbon Management has directly sourced proven, leading edge supplies direct from quality manufacturers in the Far East. This enables us to provide lighting solutions at below retail cost with longer guarantees than normally offered, giving our customers carbon and cost reductions with peace of mind. These savings can amount to over 60%! We have stocks available in our warehouse in Bristol for immediate delivery.

Incentive Carbon Management is also prepared to assist large companies with the Esos regulations that bring into force Article 8 of the EU Energy Efficiency Directive, during December 2015. Over 7,000 companies are required to produce detailed reports on their energy use, including the energy efficiency of their organisations. It is expected to help reduce energy bills for large enterprises by £300m in 2016.