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Our top 5 blogs in 2020

This year, our most popular blogs highlighted our reader's interest in tackling the sustainability challenges of decarbonising heat, power and transport.

In a year that was defined by COVID-19, we've seen lockdowns and a slow down in business activities demonstrate just how critical it is for organisations to strike the right balance between financial and environmental demands. Many of our customers are looking for ways to be more efficient and reduce outgoing spend, so they can keep their business on track.

But many also want to continue to work towards their carbon reduction targets that need to be met by 2030, so they need to make energy cost efficiencies without jeopardising their carbon targets.

The good news is that making the sustainable choice is increasingly also the commercially responsible choice. Over recent years the cost of on-site solar generation has fallen, new avenues to using energy flexibly are supporting the grid and creating real money for businesses; and energy efficient services continue to deliver significant returns in lower energy spend and improved site resilience.

It's therefore no surprise that our most popular blogs this year focussed on accelerating the sustainable transition to net zero, but also commercially responsible.

5. Switching Centrica to an EV fleet

Steve Winter, Centrica’s Head of Fleet (UK) answers our questions on how Centrica is making transition to EV.

As one of the first businesses to adopt electric vehicles (EV) at scale across its global fleet, Centrica has first-hand knowledge of implementing a sustainable transport strategy.

This expertise informs the continued development of our EV Enablement solution for other organisations who are making the transition to cleaner transport. We interviewed Steve Winter, Head of Fleet for Centrica, who shares his insights and experience on managing the company's global shift to electric vehicles.

4. Time for hydrogen energy pathway?

With the potential to play a key role in shaping a net zero energy system, we look at the basics of this technology.

Your business net zero energy pathway to 2030 and beyond will rely on a mixture of technologies. Today technologies like solar on-site generation and energy optimisation exist to get you started towards a low carbon future, but what actions will you take to tackle those stubborn emissions from heat and transport? How will you get ahead of the innovation trends to seize the financial and environmental benefits? And what can you do today to prepare for these coming technologies?

There is no silver-bullet sustainable energy solution; a net zero future will require a mixture of technologies to deliver the transition, some are available today, others developing and no doubt some we haven’t even thought of yet. That said, there are trends in technological evolution that help us preview the future of low carbon energy solutions.

3. Improve sustainability and costs with a solar PPA

Installing a commercial solar PV system and funding it with a PPA can deliver long-term energy cost control.

Cash flow has never been more important for organisations, and many are looking for ways to improve financial performance whilst still being good social and environmental stewards.

Renewable energy technologies like commercial solar can provide organisations with a way to reduce energy costs during turbulent times without losing sight of their sustainability ambitions and carbon reduction goals. Unlike many other investments, solar pays back regardless of what interest rates are or how the stock market performs ­– and it is a 100% renewable resource that is not only the right thing to do financially, but socially as well.

2. Switching your fleet to electric vehicles (EV)

The 2030 deadline for the end of ICE vehicle sales is driving fleet operators to step-up EV transition plans.

The move to EVs is now inevitable; and businesses and public sector organisations can reap significant environmental, financial, reputational and operational benefits from embracing this technology sooner rather than later.

Centrica is already working with organisations like Ford, Lotus and Vauxhall to build the sustainable energy transportation infrastructure of the future. In this article Lucy Simpson, Head of Product Management for EVs, outlines nine important steps that we believe fleet operators should take to develop a future-proofed, scalable and cost-effective EV transition plan.

1. Reasons to choose heat pumps in 2020

We look at how heat pumps enable organisations to reduce their carbon emissions and energy spend.

In this piece we look at five of the key reasons to look to invest in heat pumps. Regardless of how you decide to fund your heat pump installation, you could enjoy instant savings on your energy bills – which help your bottom line.

As energy prices increase and become more volatile, your heat pump can protect you from unpredictable energy costs over the lifetime of your system.