Considerate Group are delighted to announce that we have been selected to continue our work as part of the UK Government’s development programme of innovative solutions for the SME energy efficiency market. The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) last week announced our contract to continue with phase 2 of their ‘Boosting Access for SMEs to Energy Efficiency’ competition (BASEE).
In 2018 Considerate won an innovation competition run by BEIS aiming to develop exciting, new and innovative solutions to assist hospitality, retail businesses and schools to monitor and reduce their energy usage. As hospitality specialists we are aware of the huge energy consumption of the industry – the UK sector consumes around 17,000 GWh of energy each year – enough to power 1.2 million households. Using our extensive industry knowledge, through this project we began developing ‘Fluttr’ – the app is designed to save hospitality businesses money by helping them manage the energy use of their operations. Fluttr is designed to increase awareness of energy usage and drive behavioural change to reduce consumption – and therefore lowering both costs and the organisation’s carbon footprint. Testing of the app is on-going and continuing.
The new challenge!
A recent report commissioned by BEIS indicated that the UK market for the provision of non-domestic energy efficiency services tends to target larger companies rather than SMEs. Service providers favoured projects of £1m plus – a scale that is hard to reach for smaller scale energy efficiency.
With 99.9% of all private sector businesses in the UK being SMEs, the BASEE competition seeks to address this gap by introducing to the market business models or IT tools, which can either lower costs through economies of scale or through promoting simpler and more accessible practices to encourage SMEs to invest in energy efficiency.
Through BASEE, we will be developing Fluttr to a different level – aiming to link SMEs in the hospitality sector wanting to invest in small scale Energy Efficiency projects, with the funding to complete these projects – together with an approved range of contractors and suppliers able to implement projects reliably and cost-effectively. Fluttr will also be able to monitor energy usage at the site both before and after the project – allowing businesses to measure the environmental impact and return on investment of their work.
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