Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in the UK are set to benefit from a new energy management standard published by the British Standards Institute in partnership with the Department for Business, Energy, and Industrial Strategy (BEIS).
BEIS will sponsor up to 100,000 free downloads of the new standard – BS ISO 50005 – to help SMEs that make a “climate commitment” through the UK’s SME Climate Hub.
Although SMEs account for 99.9 per cent of the UK business population, only one in five have committed to a net zero target. BEIS’s hope for the standard is that it will inspire transformative climate action from smaller businesses to help the UK reach its net zero target by 2050.
Adhering to the standard would benefit businesses, the BSI said, not least through greater control of energy bills and ways to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.
The guide helps organisations with limited resources to set out a strategy for low-cost energy management. The phased approach is intended to deliver quick energy-saving wins that can be developed further over time.
Better energy management
Greg Hands, minister for energy, clean growth and climate change, said: “This partnership will enable businesses across the country to actively monitor and manage their energy performance – helping to lower their carbon footprint and save money on energy bills.
“Small and medium-sized businesses are the backbone of our economy and with the world moving to a greener, brighter future, the UK business community has a unique opportunity to come together to tackle climate change.”
Scott Steedman, director-general, standards, BSI, said: “We recognise that there has never been a more important time for organisations to take climate action and reduce their GHG emissions. Small and medium-sized businesses urgently require clear guidance and metrics to take the first step on their net zero journeys and help the UK meet its 2050 target.
“As the UK national standards body, we are proud to be working with the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy to make BS ISO 50005 freely available to 100,000 SMEs. The guide provides simple and practical steps to establish a phased approach to implement an energy management system. This consensus best-practice standard empowers organisations to take action, building trust and resilience to accelerate the transition to a net zero future.”
Organisations can access the free Energy Management standard by signing up to the Climate Commitment.