Business energy users see their sustainability practices as something they can use to gain competitive advantage, Forum for the Future has stated.
Iain Watt, principle sustainability advisor at the organisation, commented that many firms use the transition to a low carbon economy as a way to cut down their energy bills and so gain an edge over their business rivals, rather than seeing it as an opportunity to innovate.
"Lots of companies at the leading edge are now coming up at the limits of what they feel they can do themselves," he explained.
"If I want to really market something as a low-carbon product, I produce it as efficiently as possible but I am still beholden to the greenest of electricity in the region I am sourcing from."
Mr Watt said commercial electricity customers are limited by "what the nation as a whole is doing".
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