Sustainable Business: SMEs' Role in a Renewable Future | IPT
Chair: Kevin Hollinrake MP, PPS to Michael Gove as Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
Speaker: Dr Prasanta Dey, Professor of Operations Management, Aston Business School
Speaker: Nikki Flanders, Chief Operations Officer, Opus Energy
Dinner Discussion


Monday 04 February 2019


House of Commons

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Much of the UK energy supply sector is facing demands from small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) for more renewable energy, with eight out of 10 UK SMEs planning to introduce more ethical and sustainable practices within the next five years. The total spent on industrial energy consumption in the UK remains among the highest in the group of 26 countries that make up the International Energy Agency’s membership, and the vast majority of UK SMEs are committed to combatting climate change by placing a high value on sustainability. However, almost three-quarters of UK SMEs are struggling to put green policies into action according to a recent 2018 report. Therefore, how can the energy sector and SMEs play their role in reducing energy usage whilst supplying renewable energy?


This breakfast meeting will:

  • Consider the role of SMEs in combating climate change by embedding greener energy initiatives into their practices
  • Review the progress made over the recent years in SMEs switching to renewable and sustainable practices
  • Explore the current challenges facing UK SMEs in embracing sustainable practices
  • Discuss how government can continue to encourage and support UK SMEs to switch to renewable practices and benefit from renewable energy generation and supply.