Keepmoat has become one of the first companies in the UK to successfully conduct a full energy audit of its operations and notify the Environment Agency of compliance with the UK government’s new Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme (ESOS) regulations. This puts the national construction company ahead of the curve when compared with most large UK businesses.
The ESOS regulations 2014 require all large companies with at least 250 employees, or more than €50 million turnover, 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 is 5th December 2015.
Keepmoat decided to undertake its assessment early in order to maximise the cost-saving opportunities from energy efficiency and avoid any last minute rush for the limited number of Lead Assessors available. 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. These opportunities can recoup the auditing costs many times over, and also help to achieve reductions in carbon emissions and improve sustainability performance. As well cost saving, energy efficiency and sustainability initiatives are more likely to promote a positive work culture, boosting staff retention and productivity.
For Keepmoat, the ESOS auditing process has identified a significant number of opportunities for improved energy efficiency across the business. Projected savings could amount to 25% of the current energy consumption of the business. If all cost effective recommendations are fully implemented, this could reduce energy expenditure by as much as £1.5 million every year.
Recommendations from the energy audits were varied, ranging from a recommendation for energy champions in our regional offices, to the introduction of whole-life costing being considered during the selection of company vehicles.
There were also some surprising discoveries that would definitely qualify as the proverbial low-hanging fruit. This included refrigerated vending machines storing nothing but crisps and an entire office lighting system enclosed and very much still active following a refurbishment.
The challenge now for Keepmoat, as with all organisations undertaking ESOS, is the implementation of these recommendations in order to unlock the significant cost savings available. An implementation plan is thus in development presenting more detailed business cases for many of the recommendations identified.
For further information about ESOS or other energy and environmental initiatives at Keepmoat, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
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