The UK government’s new Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme (ESOS) Regulations require all large companies with at least 250 employees, or a turnover of more than €50 million and balance sheet of at least €43 million, to undertake a comprehensive assessment of energy consumption and energy efficiency opportunities at least once every four years. The deadline for the first compliance period was 5 December 2015.
Argyle Energy helped this industrial process client with compliance by providing a selection of bespoke options to identify cost saving opportunities and to meet the requirements of compliance with ESOS.
We provided support to our client to help them:
This enabled us to build a detailed picture of energy consumption patterns, identifying opportunities for substantial improvements. This helped the client to identify potential energy savings that could cut the company’s consumption. We also advised on the readiness of the organisation’s data, audit strategy and budget requirements. Recommendations from the energy audits were varied, ranging from introducing energy champions, to considering whole-life costing when selecting company vehicles. Some of the more surprising areas of energy saving opportunity uncovered by the assessments included lighting being left on in areas not used and their being no switches to turn the lights off. In addition compressed air being used by employees to clean their shoes and overalls, a rather expensive method of keeping clean!
Implementing all cost-effective recommendations could save the company as much as £100,000 on operational costs every year. Although there is no obligation to implement the opportunities identified through the ESOS process, there are clear business benefits from taking advantage of cost-effective energy saving recommendations.
Following the completion of the ESOS assessment, Argyle Energy then compiled the data and reports into an evidence pack which was signed off by a Director of the client company. Finally we were then able to notify the Environment Agency of ESOS compliance.
It doesn’t end there as this was the compliance for phase one, which only lasts for four years and we will be once again required to review energy usage and methods of reduction to meet the compliance conditions of the next phase. This is why we believe that working with the client on a regular basis to regularly review usage, implementing recommendations for both cost and consumption reduction, and keeping the evidence pack up to date is the best way to ensure that compliance is achieved at minimal cost and maximum savings for the client.
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