The power to transform the economy

Published on Tuesday, 12 June 2012 11:51
Posted by Scott Buckler

Energy efficiency has the power to transform the productivity and cost-effectiveness of both the private and public sectors, as well as improving the country’s environmental footprint, according to Richard Hipkiss, the new Chairman of the Energy Services and Technology Association (ESTA)

As he starts his three years in the post, he is very keen to make sure that message is better understood. “When everyone is looking to save money in these difficult economic times while at the same time responding to environmental concerns, energy efficiency is the perfect place to start,” he noted.

Richard is Director of digitalenergy Ltd which provides complete energy management services to customers. An engineer by training, he has been closely involved with ESTA for a number of years both on the Association’s Council and in representation with Government.

He succeeds Professor Martin Fry who will take on the newly-created post of President. During his years as Chairman, Martin has helped establish ESTA as a major force in the development of Energy Management and Energy Services in the UK.  Martin leads the input from the UK on International Energy Management Standards and was closely involved with the development of BS EN 16001 as well as working on its transformation into the global energy management standard ISO 50001.  He is currently engaged in relevant companion standards such as energy auditing.  Martin is a visiting Professor at City University providing MSc courses in Energy Management.

Alan Aldridge, Executive Director of ESTA, commented: “For three decades, ESTA has been one of the leading organisations in the campaign to improve the energy performance of organisations across the UK. That task is even more pressing today and the new team, including Richard and Martin, are ideally placed to progress that agenda.”

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