With just under 18 months to run before the final deadline for ESOS 2 (5 December 2019), many organisations are currently taking action by implementing ISO 50001 not only to demonstrate compliance but they are also seeing tangible impacts of energy savings on operating costs and profitability.
Who does ESOS 2 essentially applies to any large undertaking that:
- Employs at least 250 people
- Or has an annual turnover in excess of €50 million and a balance sheet in excess of €43 million
- Most public sector bodies are excluded (some organisations that receive public funding, such as universities may qualify).
What is ESOS Phase 2?
The regulations require large UK organisations to take three important steps before the compliance date of 5 December 2019:
1. Measure total energy consumption for buildings, industrial processes and transport
2. Conduct audits to identify cost-effective energy efficiency recommendations for areas of significant energy consumption; and
3. Report compliance to their national scheme administrator
To comply with the regulations, an approved Lead Energy Assessor will need to conduct the ESOS Assessment. In certain cases organisations can comply automatically. The main way to do this is by providing evidence that you have achieved certification to ISO 50001, the international standard for best practice energy management. This must be by a UKAS accredited certification body or European equivalent.
However, we believe that ESOS should not be a tick box exercise. We are encouraging future better energy use and efficiency by implementing ISO 50001.
What is ISO 50001 (Energy Management System certification)?
Organisations can utilise energy more efficiently which can help to conserve resources and tackle climate change. ISO 50001 supports organisations in all sectors to use energy more efficiently, through the development of an energy management system (EnMS).
There are reputational benefits an organisation can earn from being seen to be green by customers, stakeholders and employees. In many cases implementing a good EnMS will save money by improving overall performance to cut energy consumption and bills.
Increased profitability can be achieved from either doing more with the energy resources you already buy, therefore lowering your production costs, or reducing the energy you use, thereby lowering your bills. This all comes from effectively measuring and managing properly set energy targets. An EnMS can assist with reducing carbon emissions and meet government reduction targets and demonstrate environmental credentials when responding to tender opportunities.
ISO 50001 is based on the management system model of continual improvement also used for other well-known standards such as ISO 9001 or ISO 14001. This makes it easier for organisations to integrate energy management into their overall efforts to improve quality and environmental management.
Take a look at our website to learn more about ISO 50001 from a UKAS accredited certification body. Exova BM TRADA experts can help get your started with your energy management system certification journey. Contact us via email or give us a call on 01494 569745.
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