Mandatory energy audits come into effect this December, warns SQMC

Published: 22 Dec 2014 09:30


THIS month heralds the arrival of the qualification date for mandatory energy audits for large businesses across the UK, according to the Scottish Quality Management Centre (SQMC).

Businesses with 250 employees and/or a turnover of €50 million on December 31 2014 will now fall within the scope of the Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme (ESOS), says the Dunfermline-based organisation.

SQMC says ESOS requires big businesses to measure their total energy consumption, conduct energy audits to identify cost-effective energy efficiency recommendations and report compliance to the Environment Agency.

The compulsory energy audits required under ESOS mean huge opportunities to make efficiencies that will help big organisations to create operational savings, stand out in the tendering process, and help reduce the nation’s carbon footprint.

Energy Management Systems (EnMS), like those outlined by the international standard ISO 50001, help organisations comply with the new energy audit laws and to take measurable steps towards reducing wastage of power and fuel, saving on operational costs, and demonstrating to auditors that they have implemented measurable energy efficiencies.

It is unlikely that companies registered to ISO 50001 by a UKAS accredited certification body will not automatically comply with the requirements of ESOS.

Well-known brands in the automobile, water and drinks industries have already been proactive in seeking training in EnMS and ISO 50001 with the Scottish Quality Management Centre (SQMC), one of Europe’s leading providers of internationally-accredited Quality Management Systems qualifications.

Ron Rivans, technical director at SQMC, explained that ISO 50001 is extremely beneficial to larger organisations now obliged to undergo statutory energy audits.

“In light of more stringent energy targets set across the UK and Europe ISO 50001 is an excellent tool that helps companies manage their energy performance and comply with ESOS legislation.

“The nearly five million private sector SMEs across the UK are also encouraged to strive to make energy savings and efficiencies, although they’re not legally required to do so.

“The audits will also allow organisations and individuals help mitigate against the need to buy pricey energy from outside the UK as a result of predicted imminent energy shortages in the next four to five years.

SQMC provides in-house bespoke EnMS training to organisations across the UK, including ISO 50001 Awareness and ISO 50001 Internal Auditor.

** All graphs from the Department of Energy & Climate Change’s Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme (ESOS): A Guide to ESOS, Version 1.1, September 20214.

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