Energy Efficiency To Take Precedence In 2015

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Further energy usage regulations – which come into play at the end of the year – imposed on large UK companies will see 2015 become "the year of energy efficiency", according to European Automation, a supplier of industrial automation components.
European Automation's comments coincide with the completion of a special report, in which it offers helpful information and advice for manufacturers that want to become more energy efficient.
The document studies how two industry standards will continue to dictate the way UK manufacturers do business in 2015: the European Union's Ecodesign directive and the Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme (ESOS).
The report also looks into ways in which industrial automation is helping manufacturers make the necessary adaptions in order to comply with increasingly demanding environmental standards.
Darren Halford, group sales manager at European Automation, says that irrespective of where they are located or what industry they operate in manufacturers have to fulfil rigorous environmental demands regarding product design, energy management and reducing carbon footprint. But, he says, firms aren't without options.
"Luckily, industrial automation can offer an impressive range of solutions for higher productivity and energy savings, without costing the earth. We think it always makes sense to look at energy efficiency through the lens of automation," he explained.
In 2009, the European Union revised its Ecodesign Directive, forcing designers of energy-using products to reduce the energy consumption and environmental impact of these products. The directive has seen manufacturing and engineering companies adopt new approaches across every department from product design to logistics.
This year marks further changes in the way large UK companies account for their energy usage. Organisations that employ at least 250 people or have annual turnover in excess of €50 million will have to submit the first confirmation of ESOS compliance to the Environment Agency before 5 December 2015.
European Automation's special report can be downloaded from:
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