The following presentation takes a look at a renewable energy for business case study involving a UK chemical company based in Newport, South Wales. It looks at how they became more energy efficient, generating their own energy and even exporting electricity back to the grid.
UK renewable energy case study
A greener business using greener energy. Poor energy efficiency costs UK businesses more than £6 billion per year.
Solutia, chemical company in South Wales
A number of years ago we decided that it was very important to be energy efficient so we have worked on a number of projects.
Becoming more self sufficient
The wind turbines for example on a moderately windy day we can be self sufficient in electricity if we look at overall terms last year we generated 49% of our electricity from those turbines.
Exporting energy back to the grid
The gas turbine that we have got, that was a project in 2008 we utilised some turbines that were spare from a factory that we owned near Wrexham and we relocated them here and combined them with a boiler that we had to make a combined heating plant and that today we generate power efficiently here on site and export that to the grid.
What are the benefits of a sustainable local business to the local economy and wider community?
We like to think that being greener is being responsible, although we are here to make money we have been here for 16 years we have got to be financially effective but we have also got to be responsible.
What advice do you have for other businesses looking to improve their environmental performance?
Just say go for it, your stakeholders whether it be your customers, your employees or your neighbours will think better of you for it, and hopefully if you work on the right projects and get the right benefits there will be financial benefits for your operation as well.
Greener business using greener energy – Environment Agency
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