Environment / Pubs / 21 March 2016

Reducing the energy burden for pubs - BBPA announces special one-day conference on Thursday, 5th May

The BBPA has announced a special conference, the ‘Pub Industry Energy Symposium’, to help pub operators navigate the big, and potentially costly, changes coming through on energy taxation highlighted in last week’s Budget – and to help them find ways to secure major future savings on their fuel bills.

Aimed at those with key operational roles within their companies, the symposium takes place at the DoubleTree by Hilton West End, in Bloomsbury, Central London on Thursday, 5th May 2016 – the event is free for all pub operators, but you are urged to book quickly as places are strictly limited.

As announced in the Budget, reporting on energy use is to be simplified. The bureaucratic Carbon Reduction Commitment is being abolished from 2019 – but action is needed to protect pubs from efforts to claw back the money it currently raises, through other measures, such as the Climate Change Levy, which is set to increase substantially, from 2019. The BBPA says it will fight hard to protect pubs from cost increases, as without exemptions, pubs could face big new bills.

Guest speakers will include key officials from the Department of Energy & Climate Change, as well as experts from Manchester Metropolitan University, and leading pub operators. Attendees will be guided through the key issues, and the BBPA will be launching best practice guidance on key areas for energy reduction in pubs.

Brigid Simmonds comments:

“Energy policy is becoming an ever bigger issue for pub operators, and there are many changes coming down the tracks. I hope those within pub operators responsible for their energy policy and purchasing will take advantage of this unique opportunity to keep on top of these big issues.”

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