Will you be affected by the Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme?

By 5th December 2015, certain organisations are required to have carried out an energy audit under the Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme.  Is your organisation affected and are you ready to meet the requirements?

The UK Government established the Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme (ESOS) to implement the EU Energy Efficiency Directive (2012/27/EU).  ESOS is a mandatory energy assessment scheme for organisations in the UK that meet the qualification criteria. The Environment Agency is the UK scheme administrator.

Organisations that qualify for ESOS must carry out assessments every four years. These assessments are audits of the energy used by their buildings, industrial processes and transport to identify cost-effective energy saving measures.

You must take part in ESOS if your organisation qualifies as a ‘large undertaking’ on the qualification date for the first compliance period which was 31 December 2014.

An ‘undertaking’ is

  • a body corporate or partnership, or
  • an unincorporated association carrying on a trade or business, with or without a view to profit.

A ‘large undertaking’ is:

Any UK undertaking that meets either one or both of the conditions below:

  • it employs 250 or more people
  • it has an annual turnover in excess of 50 million euro (£38,937,777), and an annual balance sheet total in excess of 43 million euro (£33,486,489)

The definition of an undertaking includes an overseas company with a UK registered establishment which has 250 or more UK employees (paying income tax in the UK).  You also must take part in ESOS if your undertaking is part of a corporate group which includes another UK undertaking that meets either of these conditions.

This is a complex piece of legislation and Wiser Environment has drafted a bite-sized ESOS Briefing Note to highlight the requirements of the scheme and how you can comply.  One compliance route is to accredit your management system to the ISO50001:2011 standard.

Wiser Environment can help you achieving the certification to the ISO50001:2011 standard and incorporate its requirements within your existing management systems. Please contact one of our consultants on 01480 462232 or info@wisergroup.co.uk.

EA issues Fire Prevention Plan guidance

The Environment Agency (EA) has published its long awaited guidance on EA Fire prevention plans.  This replaces existing guidance TGN 7.01 reducing fire risk at sites storing combustible waste. The new guidance provides assistance for those wanting to draw up fire prevention plans that will become a mandatory part of site management systems.

??????A  fire prevention plan will also need to be included with an application for an Environmental Permit.  This is consistent with the EA requesting more information about management systems at the application stage.

It is also thought likely that the guidance will be expected to be used when updating existing Accident Management Plans which are a required to be updated on a quadrennial basis.  Accident Management Plans have been a permit requirement since the advent of Environmental Permitting.

Wiser Environment has extensive experience in developing working plans and management systems for the waste industry can assist with the drafting of fire prevention plans. Please contact one of our consultants on 01480 462232 or info@wisergroup.co.uk.