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An award winning approach to energy efficiency

The Energy Solutions Oxfordshire’s approach to decarbonisation has been recognised as ‘award-winning’ through the Energy Pathfinders competition 2021.

The countrywide Energy Pathfinders: 2050 competition awarded a first place prize to ep group for its ‘ESCO-in-a-box’ ®️ project, the concept which started Energy Solutions Oxfordshire (ESOx).

Thanks to ESCO-in-a-box and funding from the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), ESOx has been able to carry out ground-breaking work advancing energy efficiency with local businesses across Oxfordshire, with partners The Low Carbon Hub and Oxford Brookes University. 

“The ESCO-in-a-box project has examined the needs of businesses currently stuck at sustainability ‘square zero’, and places the solution in the hands of a local team, focused on impacts rather than margins, enabling a new kind of locally-relevant, convenient and ‘un-salesy’ conversation with businesses about starting their net-zero journey.”

Alex Rathmell, Managing Director at ep connect

So far 93 UK local authorities have committed to the region net zero targets of 2045 or earlier. Each must engage local businesses quickly and support them in drastically reducing emissions and participating in new smart energy systems.

Thanks to ESOx, ESCO-in-a-box offers a proven way to achieve this initial engagement in other areas.

The success of the ESCO-in-a-box model is now being extended for use locally and internationally, namely, in Birmingham and Kenya. 

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