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.

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Accreditations

Fernbrook Bio achieves recertification to PAS110 & Biofertiliser Certification Scheme

Congratulations to Fernbrook Bio for achieving recertification to PAS110 and Biofertiliser Certification Scheme!

Despite all the recent external pressures, Fernbrook Bio has successfully maintained a high-quality standard throughout. This fantastic achievement demonstrates how successful our 14-year strong collaborative partnership has been. We look forward to tackling the next challenge together.

End of halogen light bulbs

From this September, the UK Government is set to ban the sale of halogen light bulbs – with fluorescent light bulbs to follow suit.

We offer a complete collection and recycling service – so, get in touch if you have any unwanted lights, light fittings or bulbs.

The EA has updated its odour management plan guidance

The EA has updated its odour management plan guidance. Overall, the guidance outlines how operators must control and monitor emissions from their activities that may cause pollution.

Changes include clarifications regarding when the EA will want an odour management plan. They may request one during pre-application, determination, variation or at any point during the lifetime of your permit.

Also, Materials recycling and handle odorous inputs or reject streams and Intensive Farming have been added to the list of Activities that require an odour management plan.