Impressive energy saving measures win Oxford Instruments “Go Green” award
01 March 2016
Reducing energy consumption may seem an obvious way of being more sustainable and reducing costs, but implementing this in a large organisation takes considerable planning and effort. Leading high technology business Oxford Instruments Plasma Technology did just that, saving over 13% in its energy bills year to date through various initiatives which have resulted in the company winning Bristol’s Go Green Energy & Efficiency Best Newcomer award. As part of Bristol’s year as the European Green Capital 2015, the Go Green scheme was launched to encourage businesses in the west of England to explore more sustainable ways of working, and over 1,200 companies have signed up to the scheme. When Oxford Instruments decided to participate, an energy saving plan was implemented, kicking-off with a ‘Switch It Off’ campaign.
Jon Bevan, safety, health, environmental and facilities manager, says: “Since implementing our ‘Switch It Off’ campaign, we’ve saved over 13% on our bills to date and are predicting annual savings of over 15% in the Bristol office alone. Reduced water and oil usage, and the installation of LED lighting are all part of our ongoing Go Green action plan. Equally the business is refining the energy efficiencies of our high end products, thus passing on savings to customers globally.”
Engagement from the 270 strong workforce was achieved through company-wide activities that raised awareness and maintained the profile of ‘Go Green’, and encouraged everyone to have buy-in to the scheme, helping it to be a proven success.
The company is now implementing further ways to reduce its carbon footprint, be more sustainable and reduce energy costs.