Transport sector split over benefits of renewable energy

Tuesday, August 21, 2018 - 08:36
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New research from Haven Power, one of the UK’s largest business electricity suppliers, reveals over half (55%) of transport businesses believe that green energy solutions are the key to ensuring a clean future. However, a third of the industry still felt the renewables were just a passing trend.

Whilst there is clearly still some scepticism within the industry, half of those surveyed believe more needs to be done to reduce carbon emissions and almost two-thirds of businesses in the sector are keen to start selling energy back to the grid. The transport industry is one of the most forward-thinking industries surveyed, with 42% stating they already had onsite battery storage facilities installed.

Paul Sheffield, Chief Operating Officer at Haven Power, commented: “It’s extremely encouraging to see that despite the varying reasons more businesses in the transport sector were keen to, or were already making transitions to renewable energy. Whilst the transport industry may produce the most carbon emissions in comparison to other sectors, they have also been striving to develop cleaner solutions, such as electric vehicles.”

The biggest barriers preventing the businesses surveyed from implementing sustainable change were cost (45%) and lack of government support (31%). This was despite energy usage being a top business priority (54%), above both employment (51%) and cybersecurity (41%) according to the Utility Decision Makers surveyed.

Paul Sheffield continued: “Understanding of renewable energy and its benefits varies greatly from sector to sector and those in the transport sector seem to be ahead of the curve, however there is more still to be done. We believe that every industry needs to start taking positive steps to reduce carbon emissions and embrace cleaner energy, and businesses must work with their energy provider to ensure the future of British business is low carbon. By moving beyond energy being viewed as a commodity, we can help to drive sustainability and profitability. Here at Haven Power we are keen to help businesses understand the wider benefits of renewables.”

Haven Power is one of the UK’s largest business electricity suppliers, founded over ten years ago, it aims to help businesses control spend, manage risk and boost sustainability by using renewable electricity, energy efficiency and bespoke energy solutions.

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