Being clean means switching to more environmentally friendly energy sources. Not all are futuristic. Some, such as heat pumps, are relatively mature technologies, simply under-deployed by businesses.
A heat pump can reduce heating and cooling costs, leading to direct savings, while it can also contribute to lower emissions of air pollutants.
As with domestic properties, district heating offers a step change for businesses able to access an existing network. Heat is created centrally and then distributed as hot water via super-insulated pipes. The economies of scale from centralised production make district heating an efficient, lower carbon solution that contributes to better air quality.
Combined Heat and Power (CHP)
For large energy consumers in the 5 to 200 MWe energy range, such as manufacturers, paper mills, and chemicals plants, a combined heat and power (CHP) plant offers high efficiency and on-demand energy. CHPs burn fuel to generate power, and then recycle the heat waste for secondary purposes. Whilst not renewable in itself, a CHP plant can cut energy costs and could result in lower fossil fuel use, thereby contributing to an improvement in air quality