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Global Procurement Group
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A fast-growing global energy and technology consultancy has developed ground-breaking new technology to help businesses monitor and manage their energy usage more effectively.
Global Procurement Group (GPG) has developed an innovative new technology which provides real-time data that helps companies determine how much energy their assets use at a given point in time. The technology has been developed by the company’s tech arm, ClearVUE Systems, and Energy Lab – based in Malta and India respectively.
The innovative technology allows businesses to accurately measure usage and proactively manage it, helping them to reduce costs and carbon, in the drive towards the UK government’s 2050 zero net economy.
ClearVUE’s Alpha.Lite energy software as a service (e-SaaS) is the first of its kind – a cloud-based, low-cost monitoring and targeting platform that requires no expensive hardware or site visits. It provides businesses with valuable insight into their energy consumption, identifying inefficiencies and helping them reduce energy costs and waste.
Alpha.PRO is a next-generation, cloud-connected monitoring and targeting system offering businesses the opportunity to live-stream energy data down to a one-second granularity, which provides the opportunity for instant action. Businesses gain a 360-degree view of their energy fundamentals, from a single circuit to multiple assets across the globe. It instantly shows them where energy efficiency can be improved and energy waste reduced, saving costs and cutting carbon emissions.
The company launched its technology at its annual conference on 4 October in Newcastle to an audience of more than 450, including colleagues, customers, business energy suppliers and global media.
Fokhrul Islam, GPG CEO and founder of Northern Gas and Power, part of GPG, said: “From talking to our customers we understand there’s a real demand for change. But the utilities sector needs not only a change of attitude, it also needs a change of technology.
“There is the opportunity to totally transform how businesses use and manage energy, as we move towards a sustainable, low-carbon economy. People want change – businesses tell us they want to become more eco-friendly, but technology has limited their ability. We know there is a real demand for change in people’s behaviours and we need to drive that through technology.”
The company’s technology is used by Alnwick Garden, a leading attraction in Northumberland with 360,000 visitors per year. The Duchess of Northumberland’s venue boasts the largest treehouse in Europe and a stunning water fountain display.
Mark Brassell, Alnwick Garden director, said: “This partnership has put the power back in our hands, giving the team access to plan ahead. It’s all about avoiding high energy costs and reducing waste. Sustainability is high on our list.”
Not only does the technology transform how businesses manage their energy portfolio, it also underpins GPG’s future growth. Founded in 2012 by Fokhrul Islam and headquartered in Gateshead, UK, Northern Gas and Power employed 75 people by 2016/17, growing to 228 the following year and currently at 550 globally. In 2018 revenues reached £29 million and are on track for £40 million by the end of 2019, with projected GPG revenues to reach £62 million by 2020.
In addition to new technology, the company has also launched two energy price comparison sites – Business Energy Quotes and Energie SuperMarché. Targeted to the UK and French markets, these are the fastest and easiest low-cost, online business energy prices comparison sites available in their respective markets. With just a business name and a postcode, customers can generate a comprehensive range of competitive tariffs from a variety of suppliers.
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