Energy bill support for businesses a vital step forward, says CIEH

22 September 2022, Mark Hope

The Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (CIEH) has welcomed the UK Government’s announcement on support for businesses facing rising energy bills.

CIEH members have reported that businesses are already under pressure from supply chain issues, increased food prices and short staffing, and that rising energy bills are exacerbating the situation.

CIEH has also called on businesses to explore ways of using less energy and reducing food waste - both to reduce costs and to reduce carbon usage.

Ross Matthewman, Head of Policy and Campaigns at the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health, said:

“Now, more than ever, businesses need to be looking at reducing their energy usage as far as possible. Many businesses have not yet adopted an environmental management approach to the way their businesses operate. They could make significant energy savings by doing so.

There are numerous sources of help and assistance available for businesses who wish to reduce energy usage, including the Federation of Small Businesses, the UK Business Climate Hub and the Carbon Trust. There is also advice from OFGEM on business grants.

Food waste is another major cost that could be significantly reduced. It doesn’t just add to costs - it’s a significant source of carbon emissions too.

Organisations such as OLIO and WRAP’s Guardians of Grub initiative offer support for businesses in reducing their food waste. I would encourage all food businesses that have not already done so to look into the support and assistance these organisations can offer.”

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