Green energy is a complex area where, if you are looking to demonstrate your commitment to action against the environmental challenges laid out to us all, there are a range of options that you can or need to undertake on a small scale, phased scale or large scale basis to enhance your green credentials and align yourself to directives in this area.
You may feel that Being Green is about making an extra effort, a big commitment and having to pay additional costs – this is a common idea. This isn’t necessary true – a contribution may not involve any capital outlay at all, in fact it may save you money and increase profits through the benefits of going green. Green energy actually makes sense for every business.
One of the easiest, cost effective and simplest methods to begin with would be the purchasing of green energy.
Buying green energy can help you to:
- Show your commitment to the environment and enhance your brand image
- Build relationships with customers who share the same values as you
Areas in which AMAC can help and advise you are:
ESOS is an energy assessment scheme as part of the EU Energy Efficiency directive. It is mandatory for organisations that meet the criteria. For those that do, an ESOS assessment needs to be carried out every 4 years. These assessments are audits of the energy used by buildings, industrial processes and transport to identify cost effective energy saving measures.
Organisations must then notify the Environment Agency by a set deadline that they have complied with their ESOS obligations. This deadline was the 5th December 2015 - With each assessment being made 4 years thereafter. Failure to do so may lead to civil penalties, including fines.
Those organisations that qualify fall under one of these parameters:
- Employs at least 250 persons or
- Employs fewer than 250 persons but have an annual turnover in excess of 50 million Euro and an annual balance sheet in excess of 43 million Euro.
- Where a corporate group includes at least one organisation that’s subject to ESOS, then all the UK organisations within the group must comply, regardless of their size.
However, there are other ways to achieve compliance. If we make sure that your business covers 90% of your energy consumption, you can use a mix of approaches via ISO50001, DEC’s and/or GDA’s.
What help you may need from AMAC:
- Initial analysis for identification of potential requirements and to determine whether any work has already been undertaken that may contribute to compliance.
- Providing an AMAC accredited and registry approved lead assessor to perform, monitor or review the energy audits and the overall ESOS assessment.
- To develop a cost and benefit strategy including pay back periods and suitability of any other potential energy-saving opportunities.
- Providing and updating an evidence pack to support the audits. Primarily in their findings and recommendations.
- Building a business case for investment in energy efficiency opportunities, including funding and practicality.