UK’s largest pub company begins formal trials of energy-saving equipment

The UK’s largest pub company is currently undertaking trials of a number of new energy-saving projects – including refrigeration – as it looks to help publicans enhance their environmental credentials and reduce business costs.

Ei Group, which operators around 5,000 pubs UK-wide, wants to come up with packages that can be rolled out across sites to cut utility bills.

The company sees a particular benefit in updating older buildings with new, more efficient technology that can help reduce the amount of electricity required to power a business.

Discussions are being held with a select group of suppliers across the areas of cellar management, refrigeration and cooling systems, water saving systems and voltage optimisation technology.

Trials are already underway in a number of Bermondsey Pub Company and Craft Union Pub Company sites, part of Ei Managed Operations, to assess their effectiveness and cost-saving potential.

Following the conclusion of the trials and subject to successful results, the energy-saving packages will then be rolled out to publicans across the Ei Publican Partnerships estate.

Paul Harbottle, group commercial director at Ei Group, said: “Buildings that operate more efficiently have a reduced energy demand. That means lower operating costs and greater profitability for our publicans. It also leads to a reduced carbon footprint and improved environmental performance, something we know is hugely important in today’s world.

“As a business, we are constantly looking at ways to improve our sustainability credentials and improving the energy efficiency of the thousands of pubs that we own is a key focus for us. Much of the money spent on energy is wasted through the use of inefficient appliances or systems, so by utilising this new technology we hope to reduce costs and become a greener business.”

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