Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme Will Add Burden To Large Manufacturers
The latest proposals from the Department of Energy and Climate Change to introduce a so called “Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme” will force large companies with a workforce greater than 250 to conduct formal “energy audits” every four years beginning in December 2015, adding to the administrative burden on manufacturers. Government say that this system, introduced as a result of Article 8 of the EU Energy Efficiency Directive (2012/27/EU) which requires all Member States to introduce a regime of regular energy audits for ‘large enterprises’, will promote the uptake of cost-effective energy efficiency measures.
MNI Chief Executive Bryan Gray said "Although in many cases this will only be formalizing what is already happening within companies, the proposals fail to take account of the fact that energy costs, particularly in Northern Ireland, are so high that virtually every company has adopted energy saving policies and equipment over the past few years. Any savings left are likely to come at a high capital cost with long paybacks. The low hanging fruit has all been picked."
Standards for ESOS assessors, either internal or external, have not yet been decided, however government intend to develop a new British Standard defining the levels of competence required for assessors to qualify.There may also be a number of exemptions to the scheme. Companies with an Energy Management Policy which complies with ISO50001 or ISO140001 may be excluded from the scheme. Companies will also be allowed to use data already supplied to government under existing schemes such as Climate Change Agreements and the EU Emissions Trading System.
Members can hear full details of the proposals at MNI’s Energy forum on 20th September 2013 from 12.00 – 2.00pm in Invest NI headquarters when a speaker from DETI will outline the initiative. BOOK NOW by e mail to firstname.lastname@example.org The consultation can be found at: https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/energy-savings-opportunity-scheme and details of how to respond to the consultation can also be found at this location.