BEIS launches new consultation on £300m energy-saving Climate Change Agreement

BEIS (the Department for Business, Energy, and Industrial Strategy) has recently launched a two-month consultation on an extension to the Climate Change Agreement (CCA), a recent news report has been able to reveal.

The CCA is a legislative mechanism that enables businesses to save up to £300m annually on energy costs. It was first established in 2013 and acts as a lever to help businesses in energy-intensive sectors reduce carbon emissions and energy costs by granting them discounts to the Climate Change Levy (CCL).

It works by encouraging businesses to make improvements to energy efficiency to facilities over an eight-year period. In return, businesses receive a discount worth an estimated £300m annually on CCL bills.

Government analysis conducted as part of the Clean Growth Strategy showed that around £6bn in energy costs could be saved and 22MtCO2 avoided through to 2030 through investments into cost-effective efficiency technologies.

On buildings specifically, UK businesses are wasting energy to the tune of £60m in unnecessary energy bills, according to a Green Alliance report that is calling for better commercial energy management to help reach the UK’s climate targets.

HeatingSave – the low-cost BMS that offers in-depth analysis tools for your building

Building management systems (or BMS systems) monitor and control building operations, such as heating and hot water provision, air-conditioning, electrical power, fire alarms and fire suppression, lighting, ventilation and even security (access control, video surveillance, etc.). These systems are increasingly connected to other information systems and the internet.

Quite obviously, in order to be able to deliver such a high level of control, BMS systems employ an array of sensors, each of them transmitting sensitive data to the main controller. Ensuring the data remains private and secure at all times is paramount f or the security of the buildings and residents.

The HeatingSave building management system features multiple sensors – temperature, flow and return temperature, PIRs, LUX, air quality, etc. – all contributing to the achievement of the ultimate goal – that of helping you drive down energy costs, while keeping your building comfortable and secure.

HeatingSave collects and stores meter readings each minute so that you have the granularity to be able to see the cause and effect. The same applies to other inputs such as temperatures, air quality and occupancy.

The starting point for the normalisation of most energy consumption related to heating is degree-day analysis. Since the outside temperature can vary significantly for site to site within a local geographical area, HeatingSave calculates the degree-days for each day for each site.

However, unlike some other competitors, data generated by HeatingSave is stored on the system itself – users can access it any given time. We don’t have access to the data (unless granted by the users when carrying out system diagnostics), and the data is most certainly not shared with any third party.

Furthermore, HeatingSave has top-level security protocols in place, meaning that even when you’re controlling your system remotely (for example, via the smart phone app), the security and privacy of your data are guaranteed.

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