The CRC energy efficiency scheme (C.R.C.E.E.S) pits large public and private sector organisations against each other, aiming to encourage the development of energy management strategies to cut carbon emissions.
The mandatory scheme was launched in 2007 by The Department of Energy & Climate Change to help deliver the UK’s pledge to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 by at least 80% from 1990 levels.
“Sharp took the decision globally over a decade ago to be fully committed to energy efficiency, cutting carbon emissions, and becoming a leading green manufacturer,” explains Djelloul Kitter, Sharp’s Environment and Regulatory Compliance Manager.
Sharp’s technology is leading the way in “green office” implementation, with energy saving sensors, and variable speed drives that control the air conditioning.
Lower energy, higher efficiency lighting has been installed over a number of areas, leading to a return on original investment and significant carbon reductions. Sharp also installed “smart” lighting - which dims when nobody walks through and intensifies when staff are present.
Kitter adds: “On top of this every year, we undertake a programme to “refresh” and raise awareness of our ‘Traffic Light System’ of energy management, where a coloured label system allows staff to switch off unused electrical equipment and appliances as necessary.”
As they become ‘leaner,’ it becomes increasingly harder to reduce emissions at the same level year on year - Sharp has a policy of reducing emissions across the board by 5% each year.
But the first battle that must be won is educating and raising awareness, beginning with encouraging brands that are not energy conscious to start acting.
Ultimately the eco tag has and will begin to affect global businesses as more consumers are steered by a brand’s values, with a particular regard to their environmental impact.