Sustainable Energy Options for Business

Sustainable Energy Options for Business
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The major environmental impact of most businesses derives from energy usage. The upside of  this is that using energy more responsibly improves profitability. A business’s cheapest unit of energy is also the one which is least damaging to the planet: the unit you don't use. 

There are many ways to make your organization's energy usage more sustainable. In Sustainable Energy Options for Business Philip Wolfe outlines the best available options for (1) reducing energy use and (2) improving the sustainability of energy supply. After an introduction to regulatory drivers and management issues, Wolfe looks at energy opportunities in five key areas:

  • Saving on energy usage; 
  • Finding more sustainable sources of energy; 
  • Generating renewable electricity; 
  • Producing renewable heat; 
  • Indirect energy sustainability options. 
Also included: An 'energy checklist' to help identify your best options and important quick wins, plus a handy reference list, signposted from annotations in the text.


Philip Wolfe is one of the pioneers of the renewable energy industry.  He provides advisory services through WolfeWare Limited.  He is also Chairman of Westmill Solar Co-operative, a panel member of the Climate Bonds Initiative, Non-Executive Director of Renewable Energy Assurance Ltd and an individual member of the Aldersgate Group.

A Cambridge first-class engineering graduate, Philip has been involved in the sustainable energy sector since the 1970s when he became the first Chief Executive of what became BP Solar. He subsequently established Intersolar Group, which from 1993 to 2002 was the sole UK manufacturer of photovoltaic cells. While Director General of the Renewable Energy Association between 2003 and 2009, he proposed the Energy Hierarchy.  He has served on the Boards of industry bodies and advised government departments in the UK and Europe. 

Philip has recently authored The Rise and Rise of Utility-scale Solar Power (Routledge, 2012). He has installed renewable energy in his home for heating and part of its electricity.


Introduction: Carbon and money
What do we mean by sustainable energy?
Energy trends and policy drivers
Energy and growth
International and national policy
Decarbonising national energy supplies

2 Managing your energy options
Energy strategy and management
What you can't influence
What you can influence
How to decide where to start
Whose job is it anyway? 

3 Using energy smarter
Where's it all going?
Make energy visible
The ‘negawatt’ – a major cash cow
Other ways you might be warming
Sustainability drive; reading the label
Life cycle costing
Financial and moral support

4 Using greener energy
Fuel switching
Buying green power
Bilateral contracts

5 Generating sustainable electricity
What are the renewable electricity options?
How to choose between them
It doesn’t have to be your building
What energy contribution is feasible?
Developing a renewable power project
Making renewable power pay

6 Producing sustainable heat
Using renewable fuels
What are the renewable heat options?
Combined heat and power
Choosing your renewable heat system
What energy contribution is feasible?
Making renewable heat pay

7 Indirect measures
Waste to energy
Smarter ways to get there
It’s all about people
Working with suppliers and other stakeholders
Conclusion: Evaluating your options; getting some quick wins

Bibliography, links & references
A Other publications worth reading
B Regulatory incentives and legislation
C Other useful organisations and websites
D Further references in the text


Title: Sustainable Energy Options for Business
Author: Philip Wolfe
Publication Date: March 2013
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Formats and ISBNs:
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epub 9781909293434
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